Roundup: January 15, 2014

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, January 15, 2014
Kentucky Appeals Court Questions Insurance Database Reliability
Insurance coverage databases may not be reliable enough to justify a traffic stop, the Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled on Friday. The decision, among the first to tackle the subject, could have a significant impact on attempts to use automated cameras to issue tickets for lapsed insurance.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Michigan Bill Would Take License For Skipping Class
A group of Michigan lawmakers want to take away the right to drive from high school students who skip class. State Representative Andy Schor (D-Lansing) and eight colleagues last week introduced legislation that would impose a six-month driving ban on juveniles accused of being frequently absent from school.

Monday, January 13, 2014
Texas: Red-Light Camera Company Fights Photo Ticket Referendum
A red-light camera firm is once again suing to block residents from having a say in the use of automated ticketing machines in their community. American Traffic Solutions (ATS) filed suit last month asking a Liberty County, Texas district court judge to issue a restraining order that would keep residents from voting May 10 on red-light camera use.

Sunday, January 12, 2014
France, Italy, Spain, UAE: Speed Cameras Assaulted
A vigilante blasted a speed camera on the SP3 in Casenuove, Italy with a shotgun. According to Corriere Adriatico, 50,000 euros (US $68,000) in damage was done as the buckshot pierced the camera housing and destroyed the electronic equipment inside. On Wednesday, a court in the United Arab Emirates sentenced a twenty-year-old man for setting an Abu Dhabi speed camera on fire. The university student insisted he was innocent, Emirates 24-7 reported.

Friday, January 10, 2014
Maryland Cities Tell Court Photo Tickets Do Not Need To Be Paid
The Fourth Circuit US Court of Appeals on Monday rejected a due process challenge to Maryland speed camera citations. In the process of arguing their case, however, Maryland localities argued that there are basically no negative consequences if photo ticket recipients decide to toss their citations in the trash.

Thursday, January 09, 2014
Analysis Of National Data Finds No Benefit To Red-Light Cameras
In science, the results of a properly conducted study or experiment can always be reproduced. Though many cite the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) studies on red-light cameras as definitive, a new peer-reviewed journal article finds the conclusions did not hold up when subjected to re-analysis. In the latest issue of Health Behavior and Policy Review, University of South Florida (USF) Professors Barbara Langland-Orban, Etienne E. Pracht and John T. Large examine the 2011 IIHS report that claimed automated ticketing machines saved lives nationwide.

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