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Mayor: Media 'Beating a Dead Horse' on Speed Camera Ticket Errors

Updated: Wednesday, January 29 2014, 02:31 PM EST

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake struck back at mounting criticism of the city's speed camera system Wednesday, expressing frustration over media coverage of the previously-revealed secret audit.

"Come on, let's beat this dead horse again," Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Wednesday while fielding questions from the press about the secret audit which revealed the city's speed camera system had a higher rate of errors than city officials previously admitted.

In February 2013 city officials used $268,000 of taxpayer funds to pay a consulting firm called URS. The firm was tasked with studying the performance of the city's former camera enforcement vendor, Xerox. The company managed the enforcement system for several years, issuing tens of millions of dollars' worth of tickets.

When asked when she read the audit, the Mayor could not recall a date.

"I don't remember the exact date," Rawlings-Blake said. "I did not read the entire thing before it was published."

The audit examined 900 citations issued in 2012 by former speed camera vendor Xerox and found an error rate of 10%, a stark contrast to the 'less than 1%' error rate city officials touted publicly.

The Mayor noted that the city would be willing to review tickets that city residents believe were issued in error. She did not provide details, but said she would discuss the process with DOT before issuing an exact process.

Mayor: Media 'Beating a Dead Horse' on Speed Camera Ticket Errors

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