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House Overturns Speed Camera Veto
Lawmakers Hint Of Cameras In Other Jurisdictions
POSTED: 6:46 pm EST January 24, 2006
UPDATED: 8:19 pm EST January 24, 2006
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Maryland's House of Delegates has overturned the governor's 2005 veto on legislation legalizing speed enforcement cameras.
WBAL-TV 11 News reporter David Collins reported the legislation would legalize the use of the speed cameras in Montgomery County.
Should the state Senate follow the Tuesday vote, the cameras could snap more pictures in more parts of the state.
The cameras take aim at drivers who exceed the speed limit by 10 mph in school zones and residential neighborhoods.
Violations would send the offending drivers a citation, accompanied by a $40 fine.
The debate in the House mainly fell along party lines.
"It's not about safety, it's about revenue. From 2001 and 2004, the District of Columbia has collected $90 million -- $90 million -- in fines," said Baltimore County Delegate John W. E. Cluster Jr., R-District 8.
"Do we really want speed cameras throughout the whole state? Because that's what we'll get if we override this veto," said Anne Arundel County Delegate Tony McConkey, R-District 33A.
"The answer to it is, yeah. If your county delegation comes in next year, (if) the Baltimore County delegation comes in and says we want speed cameras, we'll take up that issue," said Baltimore City Delegate Maggie McIntosh, D-District 43.
Collins reported the picture generated by the speed cameras would be admissible in court without verification. Should the driver leave the fine unpaid and uncontested, the Motor Vehicle Administration may suspend the driver's registration.
The state would treat the violations the same as parking tickets, so no points would be assessed against the driver's record.
Opponents consider this process trial by camera.
"It's a violation of Article 21 in the Maryland Declaration of Rights, which grants the citizens of this state the right to face their accuser," said Anne Arundel County Delegate Don Dwyer, R-District 31.
During the debate, the lawmakers hinted that they plan to replicate the Montgomery County legislation for their districts.
"I don't mind riding on Montgomery County's coattails. I will introduce my bill the same as Montgomery County's," said Baltimore County Delegate Emmett Burns Jr., D-District 10.
Burns plans to re-introduce his speed camera bill during this session, and the Senate plans to address the veto override on Wednesday.