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High Court to Officers: Pay Your Speed Camera Fines

High Court to Officers: Pay Your Speed Camera Fines

WTOP.com

February 11, 2011

ROCKVILLE, Md. – Some local police officers who contested tickets they received from speed cameras have now been told to pay up.

The case involves four Montgomery County Police officers caught speeding while on duty in 2008. At the time, the cars were caught on camera without emergency lights and sirens running. A police department review found the officers were not responding to official police calls.

The tickets, which initially went to the owner of the cars – the Montgomery County Police Department, were reissued directly to the officers.

The officers say their due process rights were violated, claiming it took so long to reissue the tickets, they forgot the reasons why they had been speeding. Their attorneys say the reasons could have been legitimate, such as to stop a child from running into the street to chase a ball.

The officers were found guilty in District Court, but when the cops took their case to Circuit Court, a judge dismissed the tickets.

The state then appealed to Maryland’s highest court. The Court of Appeals ruled the officers were not denied due process and they have to pay the $40 fines after all.


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  • Edres_max50

    wiyemb

    over 3 years ago

    86 Comments

    wow

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    If the tickets were issued to the officers in a prompt time frame, maybe, if the officers were just driving fast for no reason. But, 2 yrs later, nobody can remember why they were driving that fast. Many, many times we have to drive over the limit and do not use lights or sirens. Can't believe the tickets were appealed to Maryland's highest court!

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    Robocop33

    over 3 years ago

    14636 Comments

    At the end of my career I was a traffic officer and many times I exceeded the posted speed limit. The reason was simple, I was trying to catch up to a speeder or someone that ran a red light, stop sign, or was otherwise breaking the law. If you drive the speed limit you will NEVER catch them. If you immediately turn on your emergency equipment not only do the people around you act crazy so much that you may actually cause an accident, the subject you are going after will see you and may well decide that they can run and get away from you so they take off endangering the public. If you are suddenly right on them they almost always stop. Een while working patrol you often exceed the speed limit without using your lights such as anything where you want to catch the subjects at the scene instead of them knowing how long they have to be able to escape by the sound of your siren. Look, if an Officer violates traffic laws while off-duty, they should be treated just like everyone else and warned or ticketed as the Officer sees fit. While on duty it is up[ to his or her supervisor to take care of any speeding problems, not cameras that have no idea what the Officer is doing.

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    delano388

    over 3 years ago

    4314 Comments

    BUMP els98. I totally agree

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    I have a problem with traffic camera that take photos of the vehicle and not the driver. I cannot believe it is legal to cite the register owner of the vehicle. As police officers we must identify the driver and issue the citatiion to the operator of the vehicle, not the registered owner. That is completely STUPID.
    In this case its more police officers taking it in the lower region.

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    gradyg

    over 3 years ago

    1118 Comments

    If they are officially on duty that in it self should bar them from getting any type of tickets while working for the city unless they have committed a felony crime if not they should be excluded from receiving moving violation tickets. What would they do if all the officers in the department quit. GOD BLESS keep up the great work Officers, dispite of.

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    DarkBlue

    over 3 years ago

    4880 Comments

    Why was this so important that it was taken to the State Court of Appeals ?

    Hmm. Anyone ever stop a Judge or a Lawyer ? Time to enforce without warning & admonishing...........in my opionion.

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    DonnaLynn

    over 3 years ago

    10636 Comments

    I'm moving to Montana. I absolutely hate those camera's.

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    CPD82

    over 3 years ago

    466 Comments

    i dont think they should have to pay any fines. we take too long to get somewhere we get sued for taking too long. or we have to pay a fine for getting there to fast. you never know how something so simple could turn bad for an officer so maybe they were trying to get closer to an officer that was on a call so god forbid something should go wrong, back up is that much closer. there was a story in illinois where a motorist was try to catch up to a state trooper so she could get his license plate and file a complaint against him for speeding saying he was not responding to a call. she says she knows the trooper was not responding to a call because he slowed down, and pulled her over and wrote her a ticket for speeding! i have a feeling that this woman has nothing better to do than "patrol" the highways looking for officers to complain about. next time she needs the police and they take too long to get there, i wonder what her complaint will be then

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    Jonas

    over 3 years ago

    42866 Comments

    Y'all in Rockville don't even care whether they may have been responding to a call. Does the city need the $40 from these Officers that badly???? Maybe someone ought to look into the Rockville City Council.....I'm sure they've things just like other councils around the country. Bell, CA comes to mind.

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    TrafficCop28

    over 3 years ago

    1424 Comments

    "A police department review found the officers were not responding to official police calls."

    We're not above the law folks, pay your ticket and remember to follow your laws in regard to operating an emergency vehicle if you are responding to a call.

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    expsgt

    over 3 years ago

    294 Comments

    Let me just clarify my post. I'm not monday morning quarterbacking it, I'm simply saying, there is a difference in "code 3 stealth" and speeding just to speed. If there were priority calls, and this guy just wasn't using his lights and sirens, then yes, by all means, let it go, but if he was just speeding just to speed... well he got caught. It would suck for someone to contest a speeding ticket they got for going 82 in a 55 because they were trying to get to their sisters house who was getting the crap beat out of her, then all of a sudden in court, she references this case speaking about how the cop got off scott free here. I don't know, maybe I'm overanalyzing, but this is just crazy to fight a $40 ticket.

  • Pro_max50

    expsgt

    over 3 years ago

    294 Comments

    Instead of turning it into a publicity stunt, why not just pay the freakin 40 dollar fine...? This looks horrible on behalf of Law Enforcement as they are supposed to be enforcing speed laws. I think the time that the picture was taken, needs to be matched up with dispatch logs, and if there were no priority calls, they need to be held responsible for their actions. For those of you that don't remember, just about 3 months ago, there was a story here on PoliceLink about an Officer who crashed his vehicle and ended up in the ER for doing 110 MPH to an audible home alarm... wtf??? That's non sense... if an audible alarm is worth your life and mine, then pigs must of just grew wings..

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    lkdavis71

    over 3 years ago

    1066 Comments

    No one knows the reason these officers were above the speed limit. I guess we expect officers to stay the same speed. How about being unpredictable and maybe being able to stop something ahead of them that they may never see if they stay below the line.

    Everyone who wants to judge them without being there and witnessing it, would that work in court?

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    MeanStreets949

    over 3 years ago

    2318 Comments

    Emergency vehicles need to be exempt. It's as simple as that. All those cameras are anyway are money making machines.

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