Roundup: August 21, 2017

In this week’s Roundup!

Friday, August 18, 2017
Maine Supreme Court: Father Cannot Help Son Fight Traffic Ticket
A father who wanted to represent his teenage son while fighting a traffic ticket will not be allowed to do so under a ruling handed down Thursday by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. On July 4, 2016, Benjamin J. Rupert had been pulled over at U.S. Route 1 and Old Blue Point Road in Scarborough. Officer Melissa DiClemente accused the eighteen-year-old of exceeding the 35 MPH speed limit and “failure to maintain control.”

Thursday, August 17, 2017
NTSB Pushes For Lower Speed Limits, Photo Radar
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on Tuesday released the final version of the government panel’s examination of trends in automobile accidents related to speeding. A summary version had been distributed to news media last month with a recommendation that states nullify existing bans on automated enforcement in favor of unlimited use of photo radar.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Car Tax Vote Could Doom California State Senator
Opponents of a $5.2 billion increase in California’s gasoline and automobile registration taxes will likely have a chance to fight back at the ballot box. The state Court of Appeal on Monday granted an emergency petition shutting down an effort by California Democrats to protect state Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) from a recall election.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
US DOT: No School Bus Passing Fatalities In 2015
North Carolina last month became the latest state to enact a law expanding the use of automated ticketing machines on school buses. Governor Roy Cooper (D) signed the legislation giving private companies the green light to mail traffic tickets of up to $1000 to the owner (not necessarily the driver) of vehicles accused of violating the state’s bus passing rules.

Monday, August 14, 2017
Ecuador, France, Saudi Arabia, Sweden: Speed Cameras Disabled, Protested
Speed cameras in in the Bitche region of France are being disabled with red and green spraypaint, Radio Melodie reported. In Verron, vigilantes disabled the speed camera on the road to Sable. According to Le Maine Libre, the device was still wrapped in plastic and unusable last week.

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