Annapolis, Md. (WUSA) -- Del. John Cardin (D, Baltimore), a candidate for Maryland Attorney General, is proposing to fine speed camera operators $1,000 each time a mistaken ticket is issued.
"I think that creates an incentive to make sure these contractors are actually doing a good job," Cardin said.
The bill was re-introduced this week after a secret audit revealed speed cameras in the City of Baltimore operated by Xerox were wrong 40 times more often than city officials had previously said. In one case, a single camera was wrong 58 percent of the time. The mistakes may have cost motorists as much as $2.8 million, and the city's camera program has been suspended.
Xerox, which lost Baltimore's business before the audit was done, continues to operate cameras in other Maryland jurisdictions including Montgomery County, Rockville, Gaithersburg, Chevy Chase and Takoma Park.
Montgomery County police say the contractor uses different technology than what was deployed in Baltimore, and a review of citations by police officers ensures accuracy.
No evidence has been revealed indicating the accuracy problems in Baltimore have spread to other jurisdictions.