Roundup: June 12, 2017

In this week’s Roundup!

–MA SC tosses 45 min traffic stop–

–MD IG confirms short yellows–

–Oxnard Grand Jury confirms short yellows–

Friday, June 9, 2017
Massachusetts Supreme Court Tosses 45 Minute Traffic Stop
Police in Massachusetts may not pull over and detain a driver for 45 minutes over minor equipment infractions. That was the decision of the state’s highest court last week.

Thursday, June 8, 2017
Maryland: Inspector General Confirms Short Yellow Times
More than one out of ten of Montgomery County, Maryland’s intersections has a yellow warning time so short that they are in violation of state policies. That was the conclusion of the county’s inspector general in a preliminary inquiry report made public on Wednesday. The official investigation followed a complaint from the Maryland Drivers Alliance, which last year noticed that the county had been issuing tickets at intersections where the yellow timing was just 2.9 seconds long, in violation of federal law. The short yellow problem was found to be more widespread than expected.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Oregon Gag Order Against Red-Light Camera Critic Backfires
The Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering may have made a big mistake when it tried to use state law to silence a critic of red-light cameras. Engineer Mats Jarlstrom earned national headlines after the Institute for Justice sued the state board for charging Jarlstrom with illegally practiced engineering by publicly speaking out against signal timing practices in the state. On Tuesday, Magistrate Judge Stacie F. Beckerman approved the request of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to help defend Jarlstrom.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Grand Jury Hits Oxnard, California Over Short Yellow Times
Red-light cameras in Oxnard, California have been exploiting illegally short yellow times, according to a report issued by the Ventura County Grand Jury last week. The report documented the engineering shortcomings as just one of several examples of mismanagement in one of the Golden State’s oldest surviving photo ticketing programs.

Monday, June 5, 2017
France, Luxembourg, Saudi Arabia, UK: Speed Cameras Trashed
Vigilantes in Cheshire, England set fire to a speed camera last week Sunday. According to the Stoke Sentinel newspaper, the automated ticketing machine had been operating on Knutsford Road in Church Lawton.

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