Support House Bill 1044
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Support House Bill 1044

    1. Petition by

      Ronald Ely

      North Potomac, MD

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.

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    1. Decision-maker Delegate Gilchrist responds:

      Delegate Gilchrist

      Secondly, and unfortunately, non of these signers of your petition will have their vote counted because we require a full name and home address in order to verify constituency.


    2. Decision-maker Delegate Gilchrist responds:

      Delegate Gilchrist

      The bill has been referred to an interim study. Therefore, no further action will be taken.


    3. Reached 250 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Jeanne Keller BOWIE, MD
      • about 2 years ago

      They are putting camera in locations that are not within the school zones.

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    • Steven Glazer BOWIE, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      Speed cameras are unconstitutional.

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    • Kevin Parsons HEBRON, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm signing this petition as a result of receiving this type of citation and feeling quite violated in not having the ability to reach back in my memory bank for some random period of time to dispute or verify the speed at which i was traveling. Just doesn't seem right, and a person would surely seem idiotic to make this argument in court. I mean what if you went ot court and said "no i wasn't going 42 mph i was going 37 mph", and they ask how do you know that, and you say "well i just remember"... i'm guessing you'd get an idiotic stare from all involved.

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    • Sharon Seward BOWIE, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      I feel this is only a way to collect revenue, they could care less about public safety. In a good economy there would definitely be no cameras.

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    • Thomas Tuerke BALTIMORE, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      While I am against people disobeying traffic laws, I am also against the electronic monitoring of citizens by our government.

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