Roundup: April 8, 2015

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 08, 2015
New York High Court Allows Cops To Be Wrong About The Law
New York motorists are legally able to blow through any unregistered stop sign in a parking lot, but police can pull them over anyway. The state’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, on Tuesday restored the drunk driving charges against Rebecca Guthrie, a driver who had been stopped just after midnight on September 27, 2009 for ignoring an unregistered stop sign in a parking lot in Newark — something that is not a crime in New York.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015
Federal Appeals Court Rules A Lane Change Is Not A Turn
A major drug case hung on a simple question of law, whether a lane change is a “turn” requiring an advance signal of 100 feet. The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Monday ruled that the two are not the same, tossing the government’s case against Marco Antonio Alvarado-Zarza because a Texas Highway Patrol officer said Alvarado-Zarza did not signal 100 feet before a turn. The officer’s dashcam video showed the driver actually signaled 300 feet before the turn.

Monday, April 06, 2015
Australia, Belgium, Italy, Russia, UK: Speed Cameras Disrespected, Destroyed
A man in Victoria, Australia flashed a speed camera on January 26. Victoria Police last Monday released images of a man in his 30s who stripped naked and danced in front of the automated ticketing machine on Kelletts Road in Rowville.

Friday, April 03, 2015
ATS Accused Of Discriminating Against The Disabled
Within the red-light camera industry, Redflex Traffic Systems is spending the greatest amount of time in the courtroom. The company faces a federal bribery trial in Chicago, Illinois, a lawsuit over anti-Australian bias and a nasty legal battle with the company’s own former executive vice president. Now Redflex competitor American Traffic Solutions (ATS) is being drawn into federal court to answer charges that it discriminated against Marie A. Mdamu, who worked as a violation processor for the Arizona-based firm from 2008 to 2012.

Thursday, April 02, 2015
Nevada Needs More Traffic Tickets To Pay Judicial Salaries
Nevada courts are out of cash because police are not writing enough speeding tickets. State Supreme Court Chief Justice James W. Hardesty sounded the warning before the state Joint Subcommittee on General Government on March 11, telling lawmakers that the coffers are running dry at an alarming rate.

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