Liz Poliner was driving on Connecticut Avenue from her Washington, D.C., home last month when a police officer pulled her over and wrote a speeding ticket. According to the ticket, which cost her $80 and a point on her license, she was going 39 mph in the 30 mph zone through Chevy Chase Village. After she paid the ticket, she got a notice in the mail saying a village speed camera fixed to a pole on Connecticut Avenue had recorded her going 42 mph. She owed $40. The camera picture was taken about a minute before the officer stopped her. The distance between the camera and the officer was about 1,400 feet, reports the Washington Post.
That’s not fair, she thought. Double jeopardy: She’s being fined twice for the same offense. Couldn’t she at least pick which fine to pay? Montgomery County and its municipalities use plenty of speed enforcement cameras, but the ones on the poles between Bradley Lane and Chevy Chase Circle spark many complaints. Some drivers think its unfair to place cameras on what they see as a six-lane, tree-lined commuter route. But to Roy A. Gordon, Chevy Chase’s police chief, it’s a residential neighborhood. The cameras have been in use for about a year, and speeding has been sharply reduced, he said.