Lawsuit Could Block Bill For Speed Cameras In Md.

Kelly McPherson
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) ― Click to enlarge Some Maryland lawmakers want to put speed cameras up across the state, but a newly filed lawsuit in Montgomery County could change that.
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They catch you when cops aren't looking -- speed cameras.

Some lawmakers want to put them up across the state, but Kelly McPherson reports a newly filed lawsuit in Montgomery County could change that.

The cameras have sparked a lot of debate, but now it's about money and who's getting paid off the backs of speeding drivers.

Every time the cameras flash, someone is cashing in. More tickets means more money -- some say illegally.

"What the law says was that they were allowed to issue these tickets but not if the contractor received a bounty," said Tim Leahy, Byrd and Byrd Law Firm.

In Montgomery County, $16.25 goes to the company running the system for every $40 citation. The cameras have only been in Montgomery County two years, and they could be coming to other parts of Maryland.

Two bills in consideration would place similar equipment at work zones.

The citations really add up for Montgomery County. In February 2008, $1.2 million in citations from about 31,000 tickets a month earned the company $1,855 an hour with 19 cameras.

A class action lawsuit would try to get that money back to drivers.

If this becomes a class action, hundreds of thousands of people could come forward for a refund. ( MMIX, CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.)