Ocean City Today

Problems with automated speeding enforcement

Readers' Forum
Jan 18, 2018



printed 01/19/2018



We refer to an article in The News Journal, dated Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 entitled “Police Technology Raises Questions.”

It elaborates on methods used by police who use technology gained by cameras in airborne drones, on traffic signal poles etc. to gain information about motorists without their knowledge.

This technology is helpful in apprehending criminals but raises concerns regarding individual privacy.

Coban Technologies in Houston, Texas is available to police to advance this type of “artificial intelligence.”

We relate the above information to our experiences in Salisbury, Maryland on Nov. 27, 2017. We traveled on E. Main Street, Salisbury and a camera took a picture of our license plate, identifying us as exceeding the speed limit.

To our knowledge, there are/were no posted signs alerting motorists that cameras are being used.

When we sought information from the mayor of Salisbury, he did not reply to our letter. We phoned a number on the citation and were told that Automated Enforcement, P.O. Box 5046, Hagerstown, Maryland 21741-5046 is the enforcing agency.

This means that the Town of Salisbury gets a percent of the citation fee collected by an agency outside of the city.

Our concerns are 1. To our knowledge, there are no signs alerting motorists that cameras are being used. 2. That cameras are used rather than an actual policeman. 3. That an outside agency is used to entrap motorists for profit.

Ann and John McDermott

Ocean City

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