Roundup: January 18, 2012

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 18, 2012
New Jersey: Camera Company Uses Deceptive Crash Footage
A red light camera company (American Traffic Solutions) sent out a promotional video that uses a misleading incident to sell its product.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Texas: Top State Senator Says Red Light Cameras About Money
The most senior Texas state lawmaker, John Whitmire (D-Houston), admitted last week that he voted to save red light camera programs even though he knew they had no effect on public safety.

Monday, January 16, 2012
Iowa Constitutional Amendment Would Outlaw Traffic Cameras
Lawmakers in Iowa are kicking off the new year with a serious attempt to end the use of red light cameras and speed cameras in the state. A half-dozen cities use the devices even though the legislature did not grant local jurisdictions the authority to allow for-profit companies to issue traffic tickets through the mail. Instead, the Iowa Supreme Court in 2008 declared such systems could be used. To undo that ruling, state Representative Jeremy Taylor (R-Sioux City) on Wednesday introduced what would be the country’s first-ever state constitutional ban on the use of cameras.

Sunday, January 15, 2012
Vigilantes Take On Cameras in Maryland, Australia, England, France, Italy
Ticket cameras were burned, painted, shot and swiped in Maryland, Australia, England, France, Italy.

Friday, January 13, 2012
Canada: Group Battles City Over Speed Trap Warning Sign
Motorists in Winnipeg, Canada became so fed up with the city’s use of a confusing signage to boost the number of speeding tickets issued that they went to the expense of printing up their own speed limit warning signs.

Thursday, January 12, 2012
Red Light Cameras Ticketing Drivers Who Stop at Lights
Cities around the country have begun dropping the use of red light cameras,which were once touted as the best way to stop drivers from “blowing through” red lights. Disappointed municipal officials invariably point to the systems’ failure to generate the promised amount of revenue as the reason for the change. To keep from losing more clients, the red light camera industry’s latest move has been to ticket drivers who stop at red lights to boost the number of potential violations.

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