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Friday, September 04 2015 @ 10:20 AM UTC

Maryland State Senator Brian Frosh wants to stop red light ticket profits for camera vendors

Biking in MarylandB' Spokes: Discussions around red light cameras has always been "interesting." Those who are against red light cameras claim they are just a revenue grabbing scam as if every thing the government does should lose money. But the problem in the referenced article is "they simply could not afford the cameras if they had to pay rent or a flat fee."

Well here are a couple of my ideas:
1) Raise the fine.
2) Lower the tolerance from 12 mph over the speed limit to 7 mph or even 2 or 3 mph.

I'll note driving in Arizona I am amazed how many do exactly the speed limit even in 15 mph school zones. There is a culture of traffic law enforcement in Arizona that Maryland just does not have. Spotting a patrol car in Maryland was a lot less frequent then here in Arizona, not to mention a lot of automated enforcement in Arizona. It is also worth noting Arizona's percentage of traffic fatalities that are pedestrians is 14.1%, lower then Maryland's 20.8%.

Source article: <a href="http://www.wjla.com/articles/2013/01/maryland-state-senator-brian-frosh-wants-to-stop-red-light-ticket-profits-for-camera-vendors-83682.html">http://www.wjla.com/articles/2013/01/maryland-state-senator-brian-frosh-wants-to-stop-red-light-ticket-profits-for-camera-vendors-83682.html</a>;
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Crash data: <a href="http://www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov/States/StatesCrashesAndAllVictims.aspx">http://www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov/States/StatesCrashesAndAllVictims.aspx</a>;

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