Nick Sorrentino

So at $40 a ticket let’s say. Multiplied by 70,000. That’s 2.8 million bucks taken from Maryland motorists by the state which should not have been taken. I’m guessing no one has sent out any refunds either.

As we have documented multiple times speed and red light cameras are often a scam with contractors getting as much as 50% of the revenue from issued tickets.

Consider this – 2 years ago I supposedly ran a red light in the Bronx trying to find my way back to I- 95. 2 weeks later I got a ticket in the mail issued by a robot. The camera was run by a robot. In order to keep New York City happy I paid what essentially was a robot. No human being was even aware of my infraction – unless I didn’t pay. There’s something wrong with that.

(From Techdirt.com)

The administration has one good reason not to release the report: it doesn’t want to get sued.

Despite calls from the City Council to release the audit, the administration does not plan to do so, Harris said. City Solicitor George Nilson, the administration’s chief lawyer, has said releasing the audit would violate a settlement agreement with Xerox and “create obvious risks and potential exposure for the city.”

In the settlement, the city agreed to pay Xerox $2.3 million for invoices from late 2012. The city also agreed to keep confidential any documents “referring or relating to, or reflecting, each party’s internal considerations, discussions, analyses, and/or evaluations of issues raised during the settlement discussions.”

The documents are no longer “confidential” at this point (and can be viewed here), and what’s been uncovered may cause future problems for Xerox, which was selected by a city panel last year to take over Chicago’s traffic cams. This happened in August of 2013, after Baltimore had already cut the contractor loose, but well before URS’ report surfaced. Knowing it had buried the company’s ineptitude by contractually obligating Baltimore’s administration to keep its mouth shut, Xerox officials had the confidence to make the following claim when reached for comment last August:

Xerox officials have said the problems in Baltimore accounted for less than 1 percent of all the tickets issued there.

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