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Posted at 7:11 PM ET, 11/ 8/2010

How not to get a speeding ticket

By Lotte Fleck, Washington

Here's a simple solution to Petula Dvorak's and other drivers' woes concerning the much-maligned speed cameras: Obey the speed limit. Ms. Dvorak's cheers for vandalism and speeding smell like a personal vendetta. Slow down, and you won't get a ticket.

Is it that hard?

By Lotte Fleck, Washington  | November 8, 2010; 7:11 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland, Montgomery County, traffic, transportation  
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Yeah, and when the state/city lower the speed limit 3 blocks before a camera, then raise it back up 3 blocks after... what is the point of that?

To make money.

How do you contest such a ticket, when the city is not the ones that produce the "evidence" against you? How do you know how often the calibration of the machines are checked, when it is run by a private for-profit company?

$, $, $ it all amounts to money

Posted by: Greent | November 9, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

If only it was that easy. These machines DO malfunction, and the vendors have published NO accuracy stats or guarantees. The cameras are exposed to the elements 24/7. These cameras DO MALFUNCTION and send drivers to innocent people. Additionally, lend your car to someone and if you own the car, YOU get the ticket. Does that really make the roads safer? Finally, there are loads of system and processing errors that result in the wrong person getting tickets. And do you think you can clear this up with a phone call? HA! This is a pathetic excuse for law enforcement. It's not about safety, it's all about the money. Just google 'speed camera errors' and visit sites like and read about all of the malfunctions and cities that have ended their camera programs because they DIDN'T INCREASE SAFETY.

Posted by: photoradarscam | November 9, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

The arguments of Ms. Fleck and those supporting speed cameras are at best disingenuous. Jurisdictions are placed in the unseemly position of profiting from speed violations. I suspect if everyone suddenly drove at or below the speed limit they would respond to the decline in revenues by lowering the speed limits. Speed limits are already too low in many locations, and I chalk this up to profiteering by counties and municipalities.

Posted by: jacol | November 10, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

My solutions:

Do not shop or eat near speed cameras. If you stop patronizing a business near a camera, tell the proprietor and the responsible elected official why.

Do not vote to reelect the tyrants who authorize speed camera.

When cameras malfunction or prompt erroneous tickets, focus publicity on, and encourage prosecution of, the public officials responsible. If they want cameras, they have a obligation to see that there are no errors. Don't let them pass the buck!

Posted by: dcrussell | November 14, 2010 7:03 AM | Report abuse

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