Engineering firm URS Corp. also delivered to City Hall a second auditing report — which found additional errors at even more cameras. And it, too, was kept secret for nearly a year.
The second auditing report came to light when the city’s law department turned over roughly 100,000 pages of documents to a City Council committee investigating the cameras. The Baltimore Sun obtained a copy of the second report in response to a public information request. The firm’s first audit, obtained by The Sun in January, found a 10.6 percent error rate at 37 cameras. Its second report concluded that the total error rate for those cameras and 38 others it examined — 75 in all — was 5.5 percent.
While 5.5. percent is a smaller than the error rate cited in the first report, it’s far greater than what city officials had said. They had for months insisted that the city’s camera system made errors at a rate of “less than one quarter of one percent.”
Kevin Harris, a spokesman for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, said citizens should not be alarmed by the findings of the two auditing reports. He argued that some of the errors are attributable to “technical” issues with the program that “had nothing to do with speed.”
If the problems are no big deal, then why are these reports continuing to be kept secret? Throw in all the loss of revenue the city has talked about related to speed cameras, and it goes along nicely with the position that speed cameras are nothing but a revenue scam.
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.
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