Speeding Ticket Fines Remain, but Fees Stop...For Now
Chevy Chase Village has ceased charging any fees with its Connecticut Avenue speeding tickets, while the question of whether or not uniform fees should be charged across the state is considered.
A speeding ticket's price tag has two parts: The fine and the fees.
The fine of $40 is uniform throughout the state, but the fees (administrative fees, flagging fees, late fees, etc.) have not been uniform, Chevy Chase Village Manager Shana R. Davis-Cook explained to Patch.
And, for now, the fees are not being imposed in Chevy Chase Village, where the speed cameras on Connecticut Avenue are notorious for slowing down traffic to exactly 30 mph (the posted speed limit) or less, making clueless speeders easy targets for the cameras.
"Currently each jurisdiction sets its own administrative, flagging and/or late fees and the fees vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction," Davis-Cook explained in an email to Patch.
"Chief Judge for the District Court of Maryland, the Honorable Ben Clyburn, [recently] issued a letter to all municipal and county jurisdictions across the state that operate photo speed or red light enforcement programs instructing them to immediately cease 'any reference to administrative, flagging, or late fees' on the automated speed and red light citations that they issue," Davis-Cook added.
But, the problem isn't whether or not jurisdictions can charge fees, but whether or not those fees should be uniform.
"At issue is whether the allowance of disparate fees may violate the requirement of statewide uniformity mandated under Article IV, Section 41A of the Maryland Constitution," Davis-Cook said.
"The Village is one of many jurisdictions that promptly ceased imposing any fees upon receipt of Judge Clyburn’s letter. We will work with the Maryland Municipal League and other jurisdictions from across the State over the coming months to lobby for legislative action to establish uniform fees," Davis-Cook added.