Roundup: January 30, 2017

In this week’s Roundup!

-School Rules do not apply when driving past a school–

-RLC Referendums can now go ahead in MO–

-Iowa nullifies DUI Arrest fees–

Friday, January 27, 2017
Massachusetts Supreme Court: School Rules Do Not Apply When Driving Past
Motorists are not “present” in parks, schools and playgrounds simply because they momentarily drove past one. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court came to this conclusion at the beginning of the year in rejecting the enhanced charges that were imposed on Marcus G. Peterson for possession of drugs inside Boston’s Ceylon Park on May 12, 2014.

Thursday, January 26, 2107
Missouri Appeals Court Slams Attempt To Stop Anti-Red-Light Camera Referendum
The people of Missouri have every right to use the referendum process to ban red-light cameras. That was the unanimous conclusion Tuesday of a state Court of Appeals panel that upheld the validity of a 2014 St. Charles County charter amendment outlawing automated ticketing machines with the approval of 73 percent of voters.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Arizona: City Study Praises Speed Cameras, Independent Study Challenges
A peer-reviewed, independent study of the efficacy of photo radar on Arizona freeways in 2013 found little value to their use. In response, the city of Scottsdale on Monday released its own study to defend the value of the program, which has been a boon to the city’s budget.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Iowa Supreme Court Nullifies DUI Arrest Fees
Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious crime carrying court-imposed penalties that typically cost those convicted around $10,000. Officials in Scott County, Iowa decided they could get some of that money for themselves by directly billing DUI suspects for the “emergency response” provided by police. The practice ended Friday with the Iowa Supreme Court declaring it unlawful.

Monday, January 23, 2017
France: Vigilantes Spraypaint Speed Camera White
White spraypaint was used to take out a speed camera in the Charente department of France on Saturday. According to Sud Ouest, the “discriminating radar” was located on the RN10 in La Couronne. This type of automated ticketing machine boasts the capability of differentiating between heavy commercial trucks and automobiles so that different speed limits can be applied to each.

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