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We support House Bill 1044 http://mlis.state.md.us/2012rs/billfile/hb1044.htm
which would help protect the legal rights of Motorists and prevent innocent motorists from being punished.  We believe that such legislation is necessary to address serious due process issues with the state's speed camera law. 

Among the provisions of this bill:
    - Requiring the actual operator of a speed camera to appear at a hearing if requested by the defendant of a speed camera citation
    - Requiring that if speed camera images can be used to convict a defendant of a speed camera violation, the court must also permit a defendant to use such images in defense of a violation.
    - Ensure that speed cameras are certified by a testing laboratory OTHER THAN one affiliated with the manufacturer of the device, which is a severe conflict of interest.
    - Requiring that speed cameras meet national standards set by the IACP(International Association of Chiefs of Police) in order to ensure accuracy and reliability.
    - Ensuring that members of the public have a right to inspect speed camera calibration records, including the use of such information to prepare their defense in advance of a speed camera hearing.
    - Forbidding contractors who administer and process speed camera citations from being paid based on the number of tickets issued.

These provisions are extremely reasonable and are the minimum necessary to protect basic rights to due process, the presumption of innocence, and the right to confront an accuser.  Restricting such rights does nothing to benefit safety, it only serves to corrupt our justice system into a for-profit enterprise.  The Maryland legislature should not permit any photo enforcement systems unless the basic principals of America's constitution and system of justice are protected.

This petition was delivered to:
  • House Environmental Matters Committee
    Delegate McIntosh
  • House Environmental Matters Committee
    Delegate Norman
  • House Environmental Matters Committee
    Delegate O'Donnell
  • House Environmental Matters Committee
    Delegate Otto
  • House Environmental Matters Committee
    Delegate Robinson
  • House Environmental Matters Committee
    Delegate Stein
  • House Environmental Matters Committee
    Delegate Vitale
  • House Environmental Matters Committee
    Delegate Weir
  • House Environmental Matters Committee
    Delegate Wilson
  • House Environmental Matters Committee
    Delegate Frush
  • Maryland General Assembly
  • House Environmental Matters Committee
    Delegate Niemann
  • House Environmental Matters Committee
    Delegate McMillan
  • House Environmental Matters Committee
    Delegate Lafferty
  • House Environmental Matters Committee
    Delegate Malone
  • House Environmental Matters Committee
    Delegate Pam beidle
  • House Environmental Matters Committee
    Delegate Cane
  • House Environmental Matters Committee
    Delegate Carr
  • House Environmental Matters Committee
    Delegate Gilchrist
  • House Environmental Matters Committee
    Delegate Glenn
  • House Environmental Matters Committee
    Delegate Healey
  • House Environmental Matters Committee
    Delegate Hogan
  • House Environmental Matters Committee
    Delegate Holmes
  • House Environmental Matters Committee
    Delegate Jacobs
  • Maryland State House


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