Roundup: August 14, 2013

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 14, 2013
California: Court Overturns LAPD Vehicle Impound Policy
A judge in Los Angeles, California on Monday found the city’s automobile seizure policy overly lenient and contrary to state law. Superior Court Judge Terry Green sided with groups that challenged the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) for inventing a confiscation procedure that differed from procedures laid down by California state lawmakers. At issue is what to do when police pull over an illegal alien, someone who is by definition an unlicensed driver in the state. Judicial Watch, a conservative group, filed suit to force cops to seize and keep cars belonging to illegals for thirty days.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Study Evaluates Options For Increasing Red-Light Camera Revenue
Researchers at the University of Tennessee are concerned with the way some cities are using red-light cameras. In a study published in the September issue of the journal Transport Policy, Professors Lee D. Han and Christopher R. Cherry explored the relationship between generating revenue and increasing safety in photo enforcement programs.

Monday, August 12, 2013
Indiana: Court Overturns Stop For Hole In Tail Light
A small hole in a tail light does not justify a traffic stop, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled last week. A three-judge panel said the evidence against Brad Kroft should have been suppressed because police should not have stopped his Jeep Commander on April 22, 2012.

Sunday, August 11, 2013
Maryland, France, Italy: Speed Camera Spraypainted, Burned, Hacked
Vigilantes in Takoma Park, Maryland disabled a speed camera last week Saturday at 7:15am. A coat of spraypaint applied to the camera lens prevented any tickets from being issued at 6900 block of New Hampshire Avenue. Takoma Park police report that they have no idea who might be responsible.

Friday, August 09, 2013
Third Maryland Jurisdiction Forced To Refund Illegal Tickets
Add Charles County to the rapidly growing list of Maryland localities that have been forced to refund illegally issued photo radar citations. On July 31, the sheriff’s office announced a speed camera in Waldforf has been operating outside of school zone, in violation of state law.

Thursday, August 08, 2013
Australia: Safety Official Seeks Refund Of 987 Speed Camera Tickets
Gordon Lewis, the Road Safety Commissioner in Victoria, Australia, on Thursday recommended 987 vehicle owners receive a refund on speed camera tickets they received in the space of a little more than an hour on the Western Ring Road. A camera trap had been set on June 30 at the Keilor Park Drive Bridge.

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