Prince Georges County Police are voiding more than $80,000 in tickets issued by a speedcam at the center of a WUSA9 investigation.
Fort Washington, Md. (WUSA9) – Prince George's County Police are voiding more than $80,000 in tickets issued by a speedcam at the center of a WUSA9 investigation.
The WUSA9 probe found the camera in the 2300 block of Brinkley Rd. in Fort Washington was never legally published.
Maryland law requires jurisdictions with automated speed monitoring systems to warn motorists of each location before snapping speeders. The notice is required to be posted on the county website and in a newspaper of general circulation. Prince George's County Police now acknowledge that they never published this location in the Prince George's County Gazette.
"A WUSA9 inquiry led to this discovery," police said in a statement. "Once we became aware of this advertising omission, the camera was immediately taken down."
At $40 per ticket, a WUSA9 analysis puts the voided fine total at $82,360.
The camera in question, near St. Ignatius Loyola Church, went up in November of 2012 and has since issued 2,059 tickets. Even though the drivers were speeding according to the devices, a police spokesperson told WUSA9, the police are issuing more than $58,000 in refunds and voiding the remaining unpaid fines.
Drivers who paid $40 for tickets at this location should begin receiving refunds within 45 days, according to the statement on the Prince George's County Police blog.
This is the second WUSA9 investigation into Maryland speed cameras. Previously, we reported on camera locations not properly published by Montgomery County Police. Police spokeswoman Lucille Baur told us that the county would not issue refunds because when drivers paid their tickets, they acknowledged that they'd been caught speeding.