Roundup: February 11, 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, February 11, 2015
North Carolina Court Admits Illegally Obtained Evidence In License Case
Police may not violate constitutional rights to obtain a drunk driving conviction, but the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) can. The North Carolina Court of Appeals came to that conclusion last week in reinstating the driver’s license suspension of Myra Lynne Combs.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Indiana: Traffic Cops May Not Open Pill Bottles
Police have no business looking through the pill bottles belonging to a motorist stopped for a routine traffic violation. That was the conclusion of a three-judge panel of the Indiana Court of Appeals, which last month reversed Antonio Garcia’s conviction on drug charges because an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police officer violated the state constitution.

Monday, February 09, 2015
France, UK: Traffic And License Plate Cameras Disabled
Vigilantes disabled a speed camera in Loriet, France last Thursday. According to La Republique, gold spraypaint covered the lenses of the speed camera on the RD952 in Les Coteaux. The perpetrators also added the slogan “and a good year” on the side of the device.

Friday, February 06, 2015
Red-Light Camera Profits Continue To Tumble
Red-light camera vendor Redflex Traffic Systems saw its stock plummet more than 16 percent overnight as news of its dismal financial performance hit investors. The company on Thursday formally announced a $10 million trading loss for the financial year, even though the company had previously said it would break even.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015
Arizona Legislature Considers Banning Photo Radar
Arizona is home to the nation’s two largest photo ticketing companies. American Traffic Solutions (ATS), which calls Tempe home, and Redflex Traffic Systems of Australia, which bases its US operations in Phoenix, would suffer a humiliating blow if the state outlawed their business. After a 5 to 1 vote in the state Senate’s public safety committee on Wednesday, the firms may need to prepare for the possibility.

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