Charles County Temporarily Suspends Use of Automated Speed Cameras

July 31, 2013

CCSO Logo 2013Effective July 31, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office has temporarily suspended the use of all automated speed cameras until further notice.

Sheriff’s commanders recently identified a possible issue concerning the proper placement of a camera in relation to a school zone sign which may have occurred during the initial installation phase. Upon further review, the Agency decided to suspend the use of all speed cameras – the Agency has three – until a thorough examination of the entire program is completed.

The Agency is working with the camera vendor and county officials to address this concern. Further, the Agency understands there will be questions as to whether or not previously issued citations will be effected. That question will be answered once a review is complete.

12 Responses to Charles County Temporarily Suspends Use of Automated Speed Cameras

  1. Anonymous on July 31, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    So does that mean that since there is a problem with the system that everyone who received a ticket should be refunded thier money?

    • Anonymous on July 31, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      I saw on the news last night (tv) that one county is refunding you the money.

    • Ryan on August 1, 2013 at 6:41 am

      The story clearly states that officials know that will be a concern for citizens but, there is no answer until the review is completed. Read the entire post before posting a stupid question.

    • James C. Walker on August 2, 2013 at 10:12 am

      If morality prevails, the answer will be yes after the review.

      If money prevails (more likely) the answer will be no.

  2. Jay on July 31, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    I received 4 in the last 6-7 months!!!..Please keep this story updated!..

    • Ryan on August 1, 2013 at 6:42 am

      Maybe you should stop speeding….

    • Anonymous on August 1, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      Everyone should go to court for these things I swear! The use of a camera to accuse someone of a crime is a violation of your right to confront your accuser as you cannot confront an inanimate object such as a camera(particularly one that cannot see your face). There is also no way to prove that they’re functioning correctly as the only way to calibrate and test them is by the manufacturer’s guidelines, which leaves one to question how do you know the machine is working correctly to begin with or if the manufacturer has even made a properly working item.

      • Anonymous on August 5, 2013 at 12:02 pm

        by your logic video surveillance should not be used to convict someone of a crime because you can not face your accuser which would be a camera. So those crimes should go unpunished…

  3. Anonymous on July 31, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    I know one by thomas stone, would go off outside of school hours as well.
    Have seen it several times myself.

  4. jimmy on July 31, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Big brother screwed up watching us

  5. Chris on August 1, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Be very careful technology used to monitor your behavior. Our freedom is disappearing and people that just do not understand history … Keep trading freedom for security.

  6. James C. Walker on August 2, 2013 at 10:11 am

    There are two possibilities for the camera illegally located outside of a school zone.

    A. The people responsible for planning and completing the installation were too stupid to notice that the camera preceded the sign for the start of the school zone – in which case they are far too incompetent to hold their jobs.

    B. The camera was put there on purpose to pilfer the wallets of people who were not yet legally required to be down below the school zone speed limit – in which case the entire program in the county should be shut down for the deliberate fraud involved.

    In either case, it is yet another of dozens of examples of ticket cameras that are about MONEY, not safety. Speed and red light cameras are for-profit business partnerships between governments and camera companies whose motivations are 99% about MONEY and only a tiny 1%, if that much, about safety.

    James C. Walker, Life Member-National Motorists Association