Anti-Speed Camera Effort is Launched
It was only a matter of hours before a challenge emerged to the General Assembly's just-passed bill allowing speed cameras throughout Maryland.
Daniel Zubairi, a Republican who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in Maryland's 8th district in 2006, this week launched a website called Maryland for Responsible Enforcement, which has filed papers with the Board of Elections to get a referendum on the 2010 ballot. The goal? To overturn the legislation allowing cameras in work zones and near schools, which is on track to become law with Gov. Martin O'Malley's signature.
The website's home page features a camera and a header that reads MDSCAMera.com
It describes a bi-partisan coalition of Marylanders "seeking just traffic laws."
"We are composed of citizens and elected officials from around Maryland who realize speed cameras are not the solution," says the mission statement. "Speed cameras bring about many important questions in regards to safety, privacy, and taxing among other doubts.
The speed-camera bill would allow the first statewide use of the devices, which were previously allowed only in Montgomery County. Safety advocates have pushed for several years for cameras on major roads as well, but were rebuffed by lawmakers who said the cameras represent too much government instrusion and don't offer speeders enough due process. Their use in schools and work zones became a workable compromise this year.
Zubairi lost a GOP primary to challenge Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Montgomery). He has been active in youth outreach for the Maryland Republican Party.
April 17, 2009; 11:49 AM ET
Categories: General Assembly , Lisa Rein
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