Roundup: April 24, 2013

Each Wednesday, we’ll publish quick summaries of the articles from the last week on We’re doing this because these articles are often strongly connected to the issues that National Motorists Association members are interested in.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Court Rules Failure Of Drug Dog To Indicate Ends Traffic Stop
If a drug dog fails to indicate during a traffic stop, the stop must come to an end, a federal court ruled last week. US District Judge Dale A. Kimball threw out the evidence against Apolonio Rodriguez and Bernardo Herrada after they successfully argued Logan City, Utah police officers impermissibly extended a traffic stop when they had no solid evidence that they had committed a crime.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Missouri: Man Sues Cops Over Speed Trap Warning Tickets
A man fed up with small town cops issuing tickets to people who warn fellow motorists about upcoming speed traps on Friday asked a federal judge to issue an injunction against the practice. Michael J. Elli filed a class action suit in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri claiming the traffic stops in Ellisville amounted to a violation of their First Amendment right to free speech.

Monday, April 22, 2013
New Jersey Governor Imposes Red-Light Camera Freeze
Chris Christie, New Jersey’s tough-talking Republican governor, has gone from red-light camera proponent to active photo ticketing opponent in a matter of months. On Thursday, the state Department of Transportation (NJDOT) announced there will be no new red-light cameras installed in the Garden State with the notice specifically mentioning it was the political decision of the “Christie Administration.” Less than nine months ago, Christie had backed red-light cameras.

Sunday, April 21, 2013
Italy, France: Speed Cameras Decorated
In Belfort, France, flower pots were used to decorate a speed camera on Monday. The festive automated ticketing machine in the town of Chaux also included a chalkboard menu from Chez Jerome, a local inn, Est Republicain reported.

Friday, April 19, 2013
US Supreme Court Strikes Down Warrantless DUI Blood Draw
America’s top court does not want cops forcibly extracting blood from motorists without a warrant. The Supreme Court on Wednesday found Tyler McNeely’s constitutional rights were violated when he was taken to a hospital for a blood draw after a Missouri state patrolman accused him of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) in October 2010.

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