Attention

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not represent our advertisers

Friday, February 17, 2017

Speed cameras hidden in construction cones for Maryland?

A story broke this week out of Ohio that a local village government was hiding speed cameras in orange construction cones to catch drivers.


It's so blatantly obvious that the camera fraud in this country is a total joke and ONLY EXISTS for one thing:

--to rake in money for politicians to spend
.

How many times have we heard from the camera scam proponents that these cameras are supposed to be a deterrent to slow people down?  They tell us that when people see them on the road they'll slow down?

If that were the case, then why are local jurisdictions starting to hide the cameras in construction cones?

For that matter, why are cameras in Maryland flashing at construction sites in the middle of the night with nobody working in them?

Not surprisingly, the village in Ohio that's hiding the cameras in cones is raking in the money and now state lawmakers in Ohio are taking action to stop this clear abuse of the people.

Will state lawmakers in Maryland end the camera fraud?

As you may be aware Charles, Delegate Warren Miller has filed HB-536 to completely end the camera fraud in Maryland.

We are pleased that 16 other Delegates have joined Delegate Miller in co-sponsoring the bill.

However, there are some Delegates who have not sponsored this legislation that also sit on the Transportation and Environment Committee that will be hearing this bill next week.

Please call the following Delegates to demand that they support HB-536 and end the camera fraud in Maryland by voting HB-536 out of their committee:

Delegate Carl Anderton Jr. (R)
District 38B, Wicomico County
410-841-3431

Carl voted wrong on our bill in committee last year. So he especially needs your call.

41 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's going TOOOO Far !!!
What's next ??? Helecopters , Drones , NSA ,CIA
to catch/harass drivers ??? use the Military ?? Nat'l Guard

Maybe some of those cops, Who Go Too Fast too ,need a ticket !!!!

Anonymous said...

I drive an 18-wheeler let me see one of those on the side of the road and I'll see what kind of impact resistance it has.

Anonymous said...

Good Grief, keep giving OC HALL more ideas!


HAPPY TGIF!!!!!

Anonymous said...

It doesn't matter where they put the cameras, as long as they give notice that they are in use.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
I drive an 18-wheeler let me see one of those on the side of the road and I'll see what kind of impact resistance it has.

February 17, 2017 at 12:55 PM

that's what I was gonna suggest. say oops my trailer tires hit it because of a gust of wind.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, truck drivers don't have a reputation for being the brightest bulbs in the pack...just because of comments like the one above. You can bet that after the first camera is intentionally destroyed, they will have another camera that is watching the cone, and will photograph the truck causing the damage. What does that truck driver think the penalty will be for intentionally damaging the cone camera. That's right, they will suspend his CDL license and revoke his privilege to drive a truck for his living. Smart...NOT!

Anonymous said...

They wouldn't be able to take your CDL for hitting a random come...are you that much of an idiot?

Anonymous said...

They have them in port-a-potties out in Frederick.

Anonymous said...

They also set cars up parked on side of road with cameras in them for speeding.. I've seen them inaryland and De..

Anonymous said...

If you have a radar detector it will sound the alarm before you come on the camera

Anonymous said...

They use helicopters and drones to find the homeless people sleeping on the street to arrest them so I wouldn't be surprised. This is going to a bad place fast.

Unknown said...

dumbest thing said today!

ChrisPUT said...

Oh dear! They are enforcing the law! What will we do?
How about people just drive the speed limit?
I'm sure if the cameras didn't catch anyone speeding then they wouldn't spend money on them.

Anonymous said...

LOL

Anonymous said...

Well obviously they didn't or they wouldn't be hidden. Duh!

Anonymous said...

Wow!

Anonymous said...

To read some of these comments people of this day an age are crazy i work on the side of the highways to make a living for my family an i love going home to them at the end of my shift an we see ppl goin 30 40 50 mph over the speed limit its crazy if everyone would just take the time to slow down in work zones these cameras wouldnt be needed but if they could save my life i want it on every job we do

Anonymous said...

No, they are BEHIND port o potties. Plenty of signs posted to let you know they are there. Oh, and you have to be going 11+ miles over the speed limit to get one. You gotta be dumb to get a ticket!

Anonymous said...

No it won't. these are lazer, not radar!

Anonymous said...

Not hidden in Maryland, plenty of signs and a speed display board!

Anonymous said...

Against the law to 'hide' them in Maryland. Read the law...

Anonymous said...

PA uses aircraft along Route 15 to shoot radar, so it's nothing new :)

Anonymous said...

Awesome!!

Anonymous said...

If there's other traffic on the road, the better radar detectors will pick up laser deflected off other objects, alerting you of the trap.

Anonymous said...

A high percentage of people drive like they dont give a rats a$$ about anyone other themselves by speeding, talking on cell phones etc. I support having hidden movable speed cameras WITHOUT WARNINGS. Let it kick 'em in the wallet a few times to slow them down.

Anonymous said...

I received a ticket from a toll that said i didn't pay it was less than $1 for the toll you could not make out the picture they sent me i talked to 4 different people and one of them told me that it was a greyish color car yet I have no greyish color car and the vehicle they claim it was is a jeep not a car at all but to fight it i needed to submit a print out from dmv listing all of my vehicles and tag number this only cost is $12 and I have to wait til the time lapse so it will be $50 plus the toll such bs and total scam needless to say i paid the toll it was to much trouble to fight it

Anonymous said...

12+ not 11+.. you may go 11 miles per hour over the speed limit or less without getting a camera ticket in MD

Anonymous said...

a few tickets won't slow people down. they won't stop speeding, they'll continue to do it. no matter how much money they lose

Anonymous said...

Love it 😂

Anonymous said...

But they tell you that they're shooting radar by aircraft ahead of time.

Unknown said...

Our cars have already had black boxes in them for nearly a decade now for insurance purposes, and over the past 4 years most have become networked through the infotainment system and/or your phone. Last resort insurance companies already spy on you in real time to make sure they can instantly hike your rates at the slightest hint of overloading, 5mph over speeding, or slightly aggressive braking. How long before a judge who was appointed by the right guy's dad decides to legislate from the bench that the info can be used by law enforcement without a warrant? The ruling might not stand for long, but the police would get in a good few months of abuse in the meantime, and shadowy agencies like the NSA and FBI would keep monitoring in secret and hand the information "legally" to local LE through parallel construction anyway. To preempt any possibility of new cars' monitoring and safety systems being abused more than they already are, it needs to be made illegal to issue any sort of traffic violation if any tools beyond a cop car and standard range radar gun were used, period.

Anonymous said...

Awesome

DIZEMAN aka Jon Dize said...

Twice now, when visiting Salisbury... I have overlooked the Speed Cam on College Ave.

I live in Las Vegas, so they mailed me my ticket.

I was speeding. I got a ticket. I paid the fine.

Why would I expect not to?

Unknown said...

@DIZEMAN Because the point of hidden speed cameras isn't to stop speeding. When counties post speed limits, they know they're not posting the actual maximum safe speed, they know and expect that everyone will go 5-10 over, and they know that anyone who lives within 20 miles of the place will memorize where the speed cameras are, slow down before them, and then keep on speeding anyway. They know that they're doing nothing to actually stop most speeding, which is fine because the purpose is to generate revenue by catching the non-local suckers like you who don't know where the speed cameras they need to slow down for are. Speed traps are a way for overextended suburbs and dying rural towns to collect taxes from people who pass through without buying anything, some of which are only able to exist because much of their remaining population is employed by the outsized police department that the speed traps fund.

Anonymous said...

Disable your monitoring systems by unplugging (rear view mirror in my car) & pulling fuses from the fuse boxes & if your cellular is turned off no info can be garnered from it

DIZEMAN aka Jon Dize said...

Blogger Sean Kurth said... "the purpose is to generate revenue by catching the non-local suckers like you who don't know where the speed cameras they need to slow down for are."

This non-local sucker knows where the camera on Camden Ave. is, I went to school at JMB which is about 300 yards from the camera. Sometimes I slow down, sometimes I miscalculate.

Those getting speeding tickets often slow down. Not everyone can afford the $75 out of pocket and if they get tagged once, they are likely to remember where the camera is and at least for that location, they avoid getting another ticket.

Are speed control devices a funding generator for communities? YEP! They help violators pay for services police departments would have to request tax hikes for if there were no speed control devices in place.

Rather than raise taxes on everyone in the county or municipality, the violators foot the bill. I consider that a win for the NON-VIOLATORS.

America has become a nation of people who just refuse to accept responsibility for their actions. It's always the cops fault for catching people violating the laws to these people.

Slow down... speed cameras are not an issue for you.

Why would I say that and then state I got two tickets from the camera on College Ave?

I accepted responsibility for my tickets. Paid them quite readily. The tickets I got were MY FAULT, not the police department's fault for putting a camera in a school zone.

I was born in Crisfield, grew up 9 - 23 yrs in Salisbury. Twenty-three thru 62, Las Vegas.

I drive or fly back to visit family every year through as many as 24 states per trip and I've never received a ticket in any other state, except at that speed camera on College Ave.

Oh the irony!

I have told my son, I can drive 3,000 miles and see one or two cops the entire trip, but the minute I cross the Chesapeake Bridges (either one) I see more cops than I normally see in a month.

DIZEMAN aka Jon Dize said...

Sean Kurth

You triggered a funny memory of one of my visits to Salisbury. I think it was 1980, I rode my Goldwing motorcycle across country and while riding with my wife on the back on Riverside Drive in Salisbury, an impatient driver passed me and obviously saw my Nevada plate on the bike and yelled, "GO BACK WHERE YOU CAME FROM!"

Because a lot of folks on The Shore are openly welcoming like that.

I yelled back, "I'M HERE!"

Funny to me then and equally as funny now.

Anonymous said...

LOL

Anonymous said...

Hope it's on a sunken telephone pole, then let's see how your peters built

DIZEMAN aka Jon Dize said...

Anonymous said...
Hope it's on a sunken telephone pole, then let's see how your peters built
February 23, 2017 at 8:26 AM

You lost me. Perhaps this was meant to be posted on another comment.

Or... The batteries are dead in my Shore Bird translator.

For the record, not a trucker, my Peterbilt is a Hummer. So far, it's made four trips, back and forth from the Mojave Desert to the Atlantic Ocean and has never let me down.

DIZEMAN aka Jon Dize said...

Anonymous said...
12+ not 11+.. you may go 11 miles per hour over the speed limit or less without getting a camera ticket in MD
February 20, 2017 at 10:59 AM


THAT'S FAIR ENOUGH FOR ME!