Roundup: April 4, 2012

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 04, 2012
Congressman Pushes National School Bus Ticketing Law
As more and more cities across the country have opted to end photo enforcement programs, the companies that operate red light cameras and speed cameras have desperately sought new business models. One of the most successful of these from a legislative standpoint has been equipping school buses with cameras to entrap drivers. Several states have signed onto the program, and now a member of Congress wants to federalize the school bus ticketing process.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012
US Supreme Court Upholds Strip Searches for Parking Tickets
Motorists can be strip searched over false allegations of unpaid parking tickets, the US Supreme Court ruled yesterday. A narrow 5 to 4 majority of justices held that it is more important for prison facilities to maintain security than to allow individuals charged with the most minor of infractions to avoid humiliation.

Monday, April 02, 2012
Another California City Unsatisfied With Red Light Cameras

The days are likely numbered for the red light camera used to mail near $500 citations to tourists headed to the famous Mission San Juan Capistrano. The city of San Juan Capistrano is the latest California town to grow dissatisfied with automated ticketing and the council has been wrestling with the question of letting the program end when the contract with Arizona-based camera vendor American Traffic Solutions expires.

Sunday, April 01, 2012
France, Latvia: Speed Cameras Protested
Last week on Saturday a group of 160 members of the French Federation of Angry Motorcyclists (FFMC) protested the government’s anti-motorcyclist and anti-motorist policies by covering speed cameras between Argentan and Alencon with a garbage bags and fluorescent vests, Ouest France reported. The vests, which prevented the devices from issuing tickets, bore slogans explaining that motorcyclists were no longer willing to be milked for cash by the government.

Friday, March 30, 2012
Federal Appeals Court Upholds Parking Ticket Challenge
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday upheld a motorist’s right to fight back against Chicago, Illinois police officers for plastering his car with bogus parking tickets. Mark Geinosky was hit with twenty-four such tickets over fourteen months. For the alleged offenses to be valid, Geinosky’s vehicle would have to have been parked in two places at the same time. Geinosky suspects the officers had been colluding with his ex-wife, and the three-judge appellate panel found that he had a point.

Thursday, March 29, 2012
Minnesota: Court Rules Police Cannot Destroy DUI Blood Sample
Minnesotans accused of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) have the right to independently test the blood sample evidence taken by police. Should law enforcement refuse to release that sample on request, the state court of appeals ruled Monday that such conduct violates due process and merits exclusion of the blood evidence at trial.

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