News in Brief: E-signed traffic tickets lawful in Maryland

February 12, 2014

Westlaw News in Brief thumbnailA Maryland law that allows municipalities to issue electronically signed traffic tickets through automated speed monitoring does not violate the U.S. Constitution, a federal appeals court has ruled.

In a Jan. 7 opinion, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Snider International Corp.’s argument that using the e-signed evidence at trial violates due process.

The Fifth and 14th Amendments only give defendants the right to receive notice of an adverse lawsuit and the opportunity to be heard, the panel said, and Maryland’s law meets those requirements.

Under the challenged law, localities must send notices about the automated speeding citations and potential penalties so defendants have the chance to rebut the e-signed evidence at trial, according to the opinion.

The law is therefore constitutional, especially given Maryland’s significant interest in traffic enforcement, the panel said.

Snider International Corp. et al. v. Town of Forest Heights, Md., et al., 739 F.3d 140 (4th Cir. Jan. 7, 2014).

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