Roundup: December 23, 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, December 23, 2015
Federal Judge Limits Testimony In Redflex Bribery Trial
US District Judge Virginia M. Kendall said what government prosecutors wanted to hear on Tuesday. Former Chicago, Illinois Deputy Transportation Commissioner John Bills is on trial for receiving hundreds of thousands in cash and benefits from Redflex Traffic Systems in return for his help in securing the massive $100 million photo ticketing contract, and he will have a harder time defending himself.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015
US Supreme Court To Update DUI Procedures
The US Supreme Court plans to update the rules for prosecuting individuals accused of drunk driving by reviewing a trio of cases dealing with “refusal” statues.

Monday, December 21, 2015
France, Germany, Italy: Speed Cams Crash, Burn
A reckless photo radar van plowed through a fence and hedges, nearly striking a building in Olching, Germany, after its 26-year-old driver took “evasive action.” According to, the crash on Roggensteiner Strasse caused 20,000 euros (US $21,600) in damages.

Friday, December 18, 2015
Ohio Appeals Court Overturns Judicial Attempt To Save Speed Cams
The Ohio Court of Appeals was not impressed by a local judge’s attempt to save Akron’s speed camera program from a handful of minor restrictions imposed by the General Assembly. A three-judge appellate panel reversed Summit County Court of Common Pleas Judge Thomas A. Teodosio, who had given Akron and its camera vendor American Traffic Solutions (ATS) permission to continue issuing automated tickets without restriction.

Thursday, December 17, 2015
OPINION: DC Mayor Has a Vision Of Zeroes
Muriel Bowser, recently elected mayor of Washington, DC, has adopted all of the latest trends in municipal transportation planning. At a press conference Wednesday she released her “Vision Zero” action plan, which revolves around a speed camera expansion so vast that the District would become the nation’s leader when it comes to bolstering a city budget with automated ticketing. Call it a “Vision of Zeroes.”

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