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Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 01/28/2011

Mont. Co. cops must pay speeding tickets

By Washington Post editors

A Montgomery County judge incorrectly threw out speed-camera tickets given to four police officers, Maryland's highest court has rules in a decision that requires the on-duty cops to pay the same $40 fine that other drivers do, the Washington Examiner reports.

Circuit Court Judge Ronald Rubin had dismissed the tickets for the speeding officers -- including two who were driving twice the 25 mile-per-hour limit -- citing the police department's lack of a written policy for ticketing its own. None of the officers was responding to an emergency.

However, the Maryland Court of Appeals ruled the officers had ample opportunity to contest their tickets and that police could violate traffic laws only if reacting to an emergency, pursuing a suspect or responding to a fire alarm.

Read more about the Maryland Court of Appeals decision on speed camera tickets in the Washington Examiner.

By Washington Post editors  | January 28, 2011; 10:38 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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Posted by: 10bestfan | January 28, 2011 11:22 AM | Report abuse

I'm totally sympathetic to the needs of police to exceed the speed limit at times. Clearly, though, many have been abusing the privilege and relying on the fact that no flesh and blood cop will ticket another for speeding.

Learn the lesson, guys. Speed if you must, but not otherwise.

Posted by: krickey7 | January 28, 2011 11:29 AM | Report abuse

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