Heavy-footed Baltimoreans caught speeding down Wabash Avenue between December 2011 and April of this year will be getting a break from the city within the next three weeks. According to the Baltimore City Department of Transportation, 3,145 tickets in the amount of $40 will be either waived or refunded due to an error printed on the citations regarding the site of violation. The mix-up will cost the city of Baltimore $125,000.
"The tickets were printed for the 5400 block of Wabash Avenue and it should have been the 4500 of Wabash Avenue,” said Adrienne Barnes, public relations officer for the Department of Transportation. “That's not to say that those motorists affected were not in violation, it's just that the wrong address was printed on the citation which makes the citation invalid,” said Barnes. The speed light system is run by three separate entities. The Department of Transportation oversees the program, Baltimore City Police authorize the tickets, and the office of parking and fines handles all monies made from the cameras. "It's a reasonable fine for a speeding ticket but it's crazy how often they can get people with the camera," said Kenyon Parson, who has racked up his share of tickets delivering pizza to addresses across the City. Parson said he has repeatedly fallen victim to the inconspicuous boxes holding the speed cameras around Baltimore. "It doesn't make any sense- I have six tickets from speed cameras," said Parson, who doubts that he is among the 3,000 receiving refunds but can personally attest to the accuracy of the machines. There are currently 75 speed cameras in operation around the city. All are encouraged to follow speed limits, especially in school zones, as according to the Department of Transportation, the cameras have an error rate of less than one percent.