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Organizers of a petition drive to halt Maryland's new speed camera law before it takes effect this fall said last night that they had failed to gather enough signatures to continue their effort.

The group, Maryland for Responsible Enforcement, was trying to gather approximately 53,000 signatures that would have made the law subject to a public referendum next year. A third of those signatures needed to be submitted to the state by midnight last night. The group said in a press release that it had fallen just short of the target, gathering more than 16,000 of the required 17,833 signatures needed.

The statewide law passed by the Maryland legislature this year is scheduled to take effect in October. It will allow the state to place cameras near highway work areas. Counties and towns will be able to decide whether to have the cameras in half-mile zones around schools. Drivers seen traveling at least 12 mph over the posted speed limit can expect a ticket of up to $40.

Under current law, the state only allows speed cameras in Montgomery County. Advocates say the cameras are a cost-effective way to get drivers to slow down, but critics call them intrusive and unfair.

"Over the past few weeks many Marylanders have expressed their utter disdain ranging from anger over it being another tax to concern over an increased big-brother 1984 police state," the anti-speed camera group's co-chairmen, Justin Shuy and Daniel Zubairi, said in a joint statement.

The pair said they were hampered by the short time frame allowed to collect signatures and a stringnt requirement that signatures match exactly a voter's name as it appears on official voting files.

"The fight is never over and our continued activism of speed cameras will continue," Shuy and Zubairi said.

By John Wagner  |  June 1, 2009; 6:04 AM ET
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Still no article concerning O'Malley's "Millionaire tax" gaffe?

Why is the Washington Post helping Governor O'Malley cover this up?

Posted by: NeverLeft | June 1, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Maybe, because there is no gaffe.

The bad economy is the reason why tax revenues are down and there are less millionaires in Maryland. Adding $7500 (less than 1%) in taxes to someone who makes over $1,000,000 wouldn't even cover the closing cost of selling a millionaires house in Maryland. So unless millionaires can't do math, common sense will tell you this "soak the rich" increase from 5.5% to 6.25% income tax rate wouldn't cause anyone to leave Maryland.

Posted by: johnnyspazm | June 1, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

NeverLeft, we did run an article on the reduced number of millionaires in the state. It was a couple of weeks ago.

Posted by: Christopher Dean Hopkins | June 1, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

I was actually surpised to see so many MD GOP whiners get motivated over this almost-issue. Perhaps everyone who feels the need to speed past elementary schools will move out of Maryland now. The problem for them would be - where would they move to?

Posted by: free-donny | June 1, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

You don't have to sell a house to change your residency. Most would be able to shift their residency to other, more tax-friendly states. The simple fact is that the numbers show that they have moved.

The simpler fact is that the scheme to "tax the rich!" has once again failed.

Go lemmings, go!

Posted by: NeverLeft | June 2, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Ah, 2001-2008, when the Oxicotin flowed from fountains! I do not hate those who are misled and continue to dance to the FoxNews band music...

It may actually be years before they believe their eyes and ears again...pesky "science" and "facts" are still foreign to them. Whatever the real world demonstrates demands no witness... Rushbots need only care and feeding. Repeat after me, rushbot army:

* Speed cameras are an evil socialist plot (which happen to enforce traffic safety in a cost effective manner)...

* President Obama is actually NOT President, because we have not actually touched his sealed birth certificate...

* We are patriotic Americans, but we want our President to fail, and we root against the American economic recovery...

Do we really need to go on?

Posted by: free-donny | June 2, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

If you're looking for an affordable speed camera detector check out

Posted by: macuser25 | June 2, 2009 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Can a Leftist even attempt to engage in a discussion without first bleating about Rush Limbaugh?


Posted by: NeverLeft | June 3, 2009 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Regarding "GPSangel", why would anyone pay for "speed camera detection"? The state posts large signs in advance of the camera addition to extra speed limit signs.

Posted by: free-donny | June 3, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

To Neverleft, respectively... Why do Rush-Limbaugh fans automatically think that all Non-Rush Limbaugh fans are "leftists"? Oh, I forgot, no one is supposed to contradict or criticize Limbaugh! Not even the Chairman of the Republican Party, nor Former Chariman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Colin Powell. "Leftists", really?!


Posted by: free-donny | June 3, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

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