Article: Maryland Vigilantes Protest Speed Camera
Vigilantes painted "SCAM" on the pavement in large, white letters near a speed camera in Potomac, Maryland. The sign serves as a warning to approaching drivers that the automated ticketing machine on the side of River Road is active. WUSA television used a helicopter to capture a unique perspective on the warning.
Montgomery County jurisdictions are notorious for issuing as many speed citations as possible using ticket quotas
, even though the practice is banned under state law. The county program generated $7.2 million worth of tickets last year. The village of Chevy Chase used cameras to nearly double its entire budget, spending a significant amount that was promised for "public safety" instead on "beautification improvements.
The latest incident marks an increase in the number of anti-camera incidents in the US. Just two months ago, vigilantes struck four speed cameras in Gaithersburg