Roundup: August 12, 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, August 12, 2015
Federal Court Allows Speeding Stop For Loud, Fast Looking Ford Mustang
When Ohio’s Supreme Court ruled that speeding tickets could be issued by a police officer based on his visual guess of the defendant’s speed, the reaction was fast and furious. State lawmakers rallied within a matter of days calling for a revision to the state’s speeding law that would overturn the precedent. Now a federal judge believes traffic stops can be made based on visual estimates anywhere in the country that falls under federal jurisdiction.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Ohio Cities Lose Challenge To Traffic Camera Restrictions
Ohio cities that sought to keep their photo enforcement systems issuing tickets without restriction had their hopes dashed Friday. The state Court of Appeals shot down a lower court ruling that had given municipalities confidence in defying the will of the General Assembly and governor. State lawmakers insisted that a police officer be present somewhere near the operation of any red-light camera or speed camera and that a city conduct a safety study before installing such a device.

Monday, August 10, 2015
France, Italy, Saudi Arabia: Speed Cameras Burned, Painted, Toppled
In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia a vigilante set fire to a speed camera last week. A video of the incident was quickly taken down after it had been posted on YouTube. In Treviglio, Italy, vigilantes swiped a speed camera last week Sunday. L’Eco di Bergamo reports that the automated ticketing machine was hauled away in the middle of the night and brought five miles to the Via Carioni in Misano Gera d’Adda, where it was placed on the side of the road.

Friday, August 7, 2015
Arizona: Tucson Voters Will Decide Fate Of Traffic Cameras
Residents of Tucson, Arizona will be asked whether they want to keep or eliminate the city’s automated ticketing machines on November 3. The city council unanimously agreed Wednesday to place citizen’s initiative on the ballot, as required by state law. If the public approves the measure, American Traffic Solutions (ATS) would no longer be allowed to issue traffic citations in the city based on photographs.

Thursday, August 6, 2015
Missouri Supreme Court Backs Anti-Speed Trap Law
The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday shot down a challenge to the Macks Creek Law, a statute put in place to discourage small town speed traps. The law states that no municipality may earn more than thirty percent of its annual revenue from ticketing. Cities that exceed the cap must return the excess cash to the state government so it can be used in school programs.

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