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In October 2009 the State of Maryland authorized the use of Automated Speed Monitoring Systems (speed cameras) in School and Highway Work Zones. The system uses radar technology to measure the speed of every vehicle that passes the camera. Vehicles found to be exceeding the posted speed limit by at least 12 miles per hour will be photographed to document the violation and determine the vehicle’s registered owner. After the violation is reviewed and approved by a deputized Officer, a citation, including the violation photos and the vehicle’s speed, will be sent to the registered owner.
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Speeding is a serious problem Nationwide. In 2007, Speed-related crashes accounted for 28% of all Maryland traffic fatalities. According to the Federal Government, almost half of all speeding fatalities occurred on local and collector roads which are generally low speed roads found in business and residential areas. The Easton Police Department and Town officials are using this technology as a tool to assist Police in enforcing posted speed limits, ensuring the safety of both our children and citizens.
“Photo Enforced” signs will be placed beneath the school zone signs alerting drivers that speed cameras may be in use.
The maximum fine is $40 for each violation and is stated on the citation. Since the violations are being treated as civil and not criminal violations, no license points are assessed and vehicle insurance providers are not notified.
You must pay the civil penalty on or before the due date indicated on the citation.
Two options are available: pay the fine or contest the citation.
Log on to SpeedViolation by entering the Citation Number and License Plate Number noted on your citation. There is a $3.50 convenience fee for paying on-line, assessed at the time of payment.
Mail your check or money order (payable to the Easton Photo Enforcement Program) in the return envelope provided. Be sure to include the payment stub from the bottom of the notice you received along with your payment. Please do not send cash.
A toll free number has been established specifically for Easton and is noted on the citation. Payments will be accepted between the hours of 9 am to 4 pm (EST). VISA and MasterCard are accepted and there is a $3.50 convenience fee for the service. A transaction confirmation number will be provided, as well as an email confirmation for your permanent records if you wish.
Any vehicle owner who receives a citation has the option to contest. Citations may be contested in Maryland District Court, and detailed instructions are included on each citation.
The speed monitoring system operator is not required to be in court. However, you may request the presence of the operator by submitting a written request for the operator’s presence no later than 20 days before your scheduled court date.
If your vehicle and/or license plates were stolen when the infraction took place you should request an in-person hearing. Enclose a copy of the police report for the vehicle/plates with the request.
If you, as the registered owner of the vehicle, were not operating the vehicle at the time of the infraction, you should request a court hearing on the front of the citation and follow the instructions.
You are eligible to Transfer Liability if you fall into one of the following categories:
Examples of corroborating evidence which have been acceptable to the District Court:
If your request is denied for any reason the citation will be reissued to the registered owner and you will be responsible for payment.
Failure to pay the civil penalty or to contest liability prior to the due-by date on the citation is an admission of liability and will result in late penalties. Continued failure to pay may result in the refusal or suspension of the motor vehicle registration.
No. Once you have paid a fine it is considered an admission of liability and requests to contest or schedule a hearing will not be granted.
No. An admission of liability will not result in points and cannot be used to increase your insurance rates.
Images of your vehicle were captured and recorded by an Automated Speed Photo Enforcement System which uses a Doppler radar to track all vehicles as they pass through the detection zone. The speed of each vehicle is calculated using the “Doppler Shift” and confirmed using a time over distance calculation to verify accuracy. The unit is calibrated and tested daily, and undergoes an Annual Calibration Verification by an independent test laboratory.
If the vehicle is found to be exceeding the posted speed limit, a series of images are taken. These images passed a two part review process by qualified technicians before being submitted to the Easton Police Department for final review and approval. The alleged Speed Monitoring System Citation is then mailed to the registered owner or identified driver. Confirmation of the owner’s name, address and vehicle registration information was provided to the Police Department by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration.
No. Individuals applying for a Driver’s License are agreeing to abide by the established Rules of the Road. Speed Enforcement Cameras only capture images of vehicles whose drivers have chosen to violate the established laws by speeding, and according to established Court doctrine, individuals who are breaking the law forfeit their privacy rights.
Speed Enforcement Cameras may be operational between the hours of 6 am to 8 pm, Monday through Friday.
The School Zones being enforced within the Town will be designated by very visible signs.
Any streets within a half-mile radius of a school are eligible for Speed Photo Enforcement. These include (but are not limited to) the following: