Roundup: February 6, 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, February 06, 2013
Iowa Takes Three Approaches To Ending Traffic Cameras
An Iowa lawmaker is taking three shots at local governments to discourage them from using red-light cameras and speed cameras. State Senator Brad Zaun (R-Urbandale) introduced a set of bills that range from a total ban on photo enforcement to the slight annoyance of a few minor restrictions.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Arizona Reconsiders Traffic Camera Ban
Lawmakers in Arizona will once again debate whether to continue the use of automated ticketing machines. State Representative Warren Petersen (R-Gilbert) intends later today to introduce photo radar ban legislation that in the previous session came within a few votes of passage. This year, grassroots activists supporting the measure are hopeful newly elected members like Petersen will push the bill onto the desk of Governor Jan Brewer (R).

Monday, February 04, 2013
Post Office Refuses To Pay Traffic Camera Tickets
The mailman who delivers traffic camera tickets does not have to pay them, according to the US Postal Service (USPS). Postal officials refuse to pay the citations it received in the mail from American Traffic Solutions (ATS), a for-profit company based in Arizona. As first reported by Yahoo News, ATS on Thursday sent a nasty letter demanding payment for two photo radar tickets and four red-light camera citations generated by automated ticketing machines in East Cleveland, Ohio.

Sunday, February 03, 2013
Australia, Canada, Italy, Slovenia, UK: Speed Cameras Attacked, Protested
Vigilantes decapitated a speed camera in Piove di Sacco, Italy on January 27. According to Il Mattino di Padova, the camera had only been operational for less than a month before the camera head was cut down from its mounting pole and left lying in the street.

Friday, February 01, 2013
Illinois Appeals Court Defends Red Light Camera Program
Red-light cameras in Chicago, Illinois survived a legal challenge in the state’s second-highest court last week. The Illinois Appellate Court rejected a class action suit that argued the Windy City exceeded its authority when it began allowing a private company to issue photo tickets under a July 2003 ordinance, before state lawmakers gave permission for photo ticketing in 2006. As Chicago’s program now has 191 cameras generating $70 million annually, the city’s potential liability for refunds would have been in the hundreds of millions had the three-judge panel arrived at a different conclusion.

Thursday, January 31, 2013
Speed Camera Firm Denies Swedish Connection
Sensys, a speed camera firm headquartered in Jonkoping, Sweden, issued a statement Wednesday denying ties to the American speed camera company that goes by the same name. Sensys took issue with a story published by TheNewspaper on Monday linking the European firm to litigation filed by Sensys in a federal court in Florida.

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