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Ensuring Speed Camera Accuracy in Salisbury

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SALISBURY, Md.- One Maryland group is working to make sure the speed cameras in the city of Salisbury are working correctly as they ticket speeding drivers.

Speeders caught in the city could face a ticket of up to 40 dollars.  It is not something anyone wants to get in the mail.  But the police department says the cameras are a requirement because speeding in the city is a major issue.

"We have captured speeds in the 90 miles an hour range on Route 50 over by the middle school and on Main Street, they have been well above 50 miles per hour and well above 60 miles per hour," said Police Chief, Barbara Duncan.

There is one Maryland organization playing the role of watch dog and wants to ensure the devices are up to par.  The Maryland Driver's Alliance wants copies of the annual calibration certificates, daily set up logs, and technical specifications for the cameras.

"These devices, they are operated on roads that are paid for by county funds, by state funds, and the people who drive on those roads, they have a right to know whether the devices that are tracking them, are monitoring them a on these highways are calibrated correctly," said Ron Ely, the Chairman of the MD Driver's Alliance.

Ely told WBOC that he filed for these public records in early June and he said that he is still waiting well beyond the time limit of the Maryland Public Information Act.  The Salisbury Police Department said it must obtain the records from the camera corporation and it is working to get Ely what he wants.

"The reason we want to get this information out there is because these documents together constitute proof that the devices are being operated in compliance with state law," said Ely.

Chief Duncan said the department has been in contact with the Driver's Alliance and the amount of information requested takes time to compile.  The chief also said they have released similar information in the past to groups and individuals and will get the information to the organization as quickly as possibly.

Chief Duncan also added that the cameras are calibrated twice a day as well as an annual calibration as required by Maryland state law.

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