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Charles County suspends use of its 3 speed cameras

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WALDORF, Md. -

They are the cameras drivers love to hate. And now in Charles County, Md., you can put speed cameras in your rear view mirror.

All three of the county's speed cameras have been turned off.

At issue was one on Berry Road (Route 228) in Waldorf where warning signs alert drivers they are entering a school zone, but the speed camera was reportedly 300 feet out of place - and therefore not in compliance with state law.

"We are actually 100 percent confident in the integrity of the process," says Charles County Sheriff's Maj. Buddy Gibson. "Meaning the infrastructure and the way that the citations are administered and issued. That is not the issue here. What happened here is there was a breakdown in the checks and balances process of the infrastructure."

The camera on Route 228 near Jenifer Elementary School and two others - outside schools in Pomfret and Potomac Heights - were shut down after a warning from the Maryland State Highway Administration.

Sheriff's officials are now recommending Charles county refund drivers caught speeding by the camera outside Jenifer Elementary School. They say roughly 4,000 tickets had been issued - at $40 a piece - since the cameras went operational last September. Officials say about 3,300 of the fines were paid, totaling about $132,000.

Maj. Gibson says the sheriff's office is still trying to figure out what to do going forward, giving no timetable for when the cameras might be turned back on.


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