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Md. County Forced to Issue Refunds for Speed Camera Tickets

"You're supposed to trust the system ..."

A company missed a deadline to screen a red light camera's calibration. As a result, the county is now issuing more than 1,000 refunds to those ticketed during a certain period. (Image source: Shutterstock)

Speeding and red light ticket programs have seen their share of issues around the country.

speed camera A company missed a deadline to screen a speed light camera's calibration. As a result, the county is now issuing more than 1,000 refunds to those ticketed during a certain timeframe. (Image source: Shutterstock)

Baltimore County, Md., now joins the list, having to mail more than 1,000 refunds for tickets issued by machines that could have been faulty at the time.

According to WBAL-TV, the company, Xerox, missed a deadline to check cameras' calibration earlier this year. Now Xerox will pay $58,000 to process the refunds for about 1,400 tickets issued in the area between Feb. 16 and March 25, 2013.

"You're supposed to trust the system to hold up these cameras. They're taking the place of the physical presence of the police officers. If they're not doing their part, how are we supposed to know anything's working correctly?" resident Debbie Lane told the local news station.

But Ellen Kobler with the Baltimore County Executive's Office reassured the public that they can trust the cameras.

"People can be very confident of the reliability of these speed camera tickets because Baltimore County police calibrate every camera every day. Every citation is reviewed by a small staff of highly trained police officers," she told WBAL.

"We're checking the calibration by an outside third-party vendor who confirms what we test every day," Kobler said, referencing Xerox's part in making sure the cameras work properly.

Watch WBAL-TV's report:

In a separate incident affecting the city of Baltimore's speed camera program, lawmakers lambasted it last year for sending out thousands of "bogus" tickets when an investigation found some machines weren't working properly.

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