Roundup: April 30, 2014

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 30, 2014
Missouri Supreme Court Rejects Red-Light Camera Industry Appeal
Missouri’s highest court on Tuesday rejected the desperate pleas of municipalities to rescue the legally troubled red-light camera industry. Photo ticketing giant American Traffic Solutions (ATS) and the cities of Arnold and Ellisville pleaded with the justices to overturn a series of appellate decisions that found the use of automated ticketing machines in the state to be illegal. The justices refused to do so.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Ousted Red-Light Camera Vendor Rakes In Windfall In Chicago, Illinois
By The Expired Meter and DNAinfo Chicago
Even as Redflex Traffic Systems’ scandal-plagued eleven-year tenure operating the nation’s largest red-light camera system was ending, it was a particularly lucrative year for the company. The last Redflex cameras (at the intersection of Grand, Kostner and North) were turned off in February, but in the year before that, the company raked in $24 million, city records show, making this the second most profitable year in the company’s Chicago history.

Monday, April 28, 2014
Scotland: Bicyclists Seek To Declare Motorists Automatically Guilty
When there is a collision between a bicyclist and a motorist, the Scottish Parliament is considering making it a rule that the automobile driver is presumed responsible. Thousands “pedaled on Parliament” in Edinburgh Saturday in a rally to convince lawmakers to adopt the strict liability policy as well as other initiatives that would provide special treatment for two wheelers, such as diversion of motoring tax revenue to cycling programs.

Sunday, April 27, 2014
Maryland, UK Speed Cameras Disabled
Vigilantes in Baltimore County, Maryland disabled a speed camera last week Saturday. According to WBAL-TV, the automated ticketing machine near Thornton Road and Landrake Road in Towson was spraypainted white.

Friday, April 25, 2014
Federal Court Finds Upright Driving, Acne Suspicious
Driving with good posture, with hands at the classic ten and two position on the wheel, is sufficient reason to pull over a driver with a bad complexion, according to a ruling handed down Thursday by the Tenth Circuit US Court of Appeals. A unanimous three-judge panel approved the Border Patrol’s April 18, 2012 stop and search of a motorist who happened to be nervous when pulled over.

Thursday, April 24, 2014
Florida Appellate Court Backs Red-Light Cameras
After facing legal defeats, legislative setbacks and declining revenue, the providers of red-light camera services were cheered Wednesday by the support of a divided Florida Court of Appeal panel. The judges considered the question of whether a private, for profit company is the one that really issues the red-light camera ticket when the only thing a police officer does in the process is, at most, hit an “accept” button.

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