Certification Records Revealed For City Speed Cameras - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Certification Records Revealed For City Speed Cameras

Posted: Updated:

SALISBURY, Md - For several months, speed cameras have been a hot topic in Salisbury. Drivers and consumer groups alike have called the automated program - and Brekford, the company who runs it - into question.

"We're not going to hide, we're going to put everything out there for everyone to see," said Colonel Ivan Barkley of the Salisbury Police Department.

Annual calibration reports for the city's cameras were recently released after public information requests from several watchdog groups. In those reports, it was revealed that certifications for two cameras had lapsed. They expired in December 2012, and weren't renewed until January 2013. It ended up being a 34 day span.

"All of the citations that were issued in that span were either voided or the people were refunded their money," Barkley said. "But, just because it lapsed, doesn't mean it wasn't accurate."

The error is not completely unheard of. Brekford also runs the programs in Greenbelt and Hagerstown, where hundreds of citations were also refunded or voided because of the same situation.

"Some of those issues with the other jurisdictions, I can't tell you it's all Brekford, I don't know," Barkley said.

He adds the oversight reinforces the need for the local jurisdictions to run their programs, and not the vendors.

The city implemented the program in November 2011, after three students were hit on Route 50. He says there were thousands of tickets issued each day when the cameras were first put in place. Now, that number has dropped to a couple hundred per day, and there haven't been any pedestrian incidents since.

"You talk about speeds and you talk about compliance, it's definitely working," Barkley said.

Despite the error with two of the city's cameras, the city plans to continue with Brekford at least through current contract that ends November 2014.

"There's always a concern, and we're constantly evaluating and reevaluating the entire program we have going on here," said Barkley. "We are working diligently to regain the trust of our citizens."

All of the certifications are now available on the police department's web site here: http://www.salisburypd.com/

  • ContestsMore>>

  • Midway Speedway Giveaway

    Midway Speedway Giveaway

    Thursday, June 26 2014 7:57 AM EDT2014-06-26 11:57:18 GMT
    Enter to win a Midway Speedway Four Person Park Pass This includes all day at the waterpark, four choice tickets (good for any ride or attraction) and a round of fire mountain golf. Rules No purchaseMore >>
    Enter to win a Midway Speedway Four Person Park Pass This includes all day at the waterpark, four choice tickets (good for any ride or attraction) and a round of fire mountain golf. Rules No purchaseMore >>
  • Teacher Who Makes A Difference

    Teacher Who Makes A Difference

    The WMDT 47 Teachers Who Make a Difference Contest is Sponsored by Accurate Optical: "Encouraging children of all ages to come in for an annual eye exam to help them see better in school." Each month weMore >>
    The WMDT 47 "Teachers Who Make a Difference" Sponsored by Accurate Optical Encouraging children of all ages to come in for an annual eye exam to help them see better in school.More >>
  • Free Tuition Contest

    Free Tuition Contest

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Homeless Sex Offenders

    Homeless Sex Offenders

    DELAWARE - Individuals featured in this slideshow are NOT wanted. They are sex offenders who have registered with Delaware State Police as homeless. These are public notifications.More >>
    DELAWARE - Individuals featured in this slideshow are NOT wanted. They are sex offenders who have registered with Delaware State Police as homeless. These are public notifications.More >>
  • One Of Wicomico Co.'s Most Wanted Arrested In PA

    One Of Wicomico Co.'s Most Wanted Arrested In PA

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-07-29 16:21:36 GMT
    WICOMICO CO., Md. - A man Police in Wicomico County have been searching for, for three years, has been apprehended. The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office says on July 23rd, an Officer from the Mt. JewettMore >>
    WICOMICO CO., Md. - A man Police in Wicomico County have been searching for, for three years, has been apprehended.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WMDT. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.