Roundup: August 10, 2011

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, August 10, 2011
More Ohio Cities to Hold Anti-Traffic Camera Votes
In the past five years, five Ohio cities have voted to ban photo enforcement, and two more might be added to the list. The Cuyahoga County Board Of Elections is now counting signatures from residents in South Euclid and East Cleveland who are determined to prohibit automated ticketing in November.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Australia: Speed Camera Deployments Examined
The auditor general for New South Wales, Australia last month issued a report on speed camera use in the state. Audit shows 72 percent of speed cameras in New South Wales, Australia showed no significant safety benefit. Following the results, thirty-eight camera locations have been taken offline.

Monday, August 8, 2011
Washington: Traffic Camera Executive Orchestrated Anti-Voter Suit
Photo enforcement vendor American Traffic Solutions (ATS) could find itself in trouble for lying before the Washington Supreme Court about its involvement in attempts to overturn a ballot initiative in Mukilteo last year. We also wrote about this story here.

Sunday, August 7, 2011
Australia, France, Germany, Poland, Saudi Arabia: Speed Cameras Attacked
Automated ticketing machines have come under attack throughout the world in the past few weeks.

Friday, August 5, 2011
Desperate Photo Enforcement Firms Sue Cities
Companies that operate red light cameras and speed cameras are facing increasing opposition across the country. In response, the firms have adopted a strategy of suing cities that have second thoughts about continuing to use cameras in their community. They have also been going after their own customers to collect as much revenue as possible.

Thursday, August 4, 2011
Washington: Court Denies Attempt to Block Public Vote on Traffic Cameras
Voters in Bellingham, Washington are likely to have the final say in whether or not to continue using red light cameras and speed cameras. A Whatcom County Superior Court judge yesterday threw out the attempt by photo enforcement vendor American Traffic Solutions (ATS) to immediately block the measure from being considered.

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