Roundup: July 3, 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, July 03, 2013
Florida County Moves To Shut Down Red-Light Cameras With Public Vote
The board of commissioners in Hernando County, Florida has been trying for months to force the city of Brooksville to remove red-light cameras from the county’s right-of-way. So far, nothing has worked and the county commissioners agreed last week to use the ultimate political persuasion — a vote of county residents — to force the issue. Yellow-light warning times at the camera intersections were also increased on Thursday.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Ohio Court of Appeals Rules Against Toledo Photo Ticket Program
Ohio’s second highest court gave the green light to a red-light camera lawsuit on Friday. A three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals agreed that Bradley L. Walker could continue his class action lawsuit against Toledo and Redflex Traffic Systems, the Australian vendor that owns and operates every aspect of the system, because the city’s camera ordinance violates the state constitution.

Monday, July 01, 2013
Indiana Supreme Court Upholds Stop For Mildly Tinted Windows
Police can stop and search drivers who have fully legal window tint under a decision reached by the Indiana Supreme Court on Tuesday. The justices were reviewing the case of Erving L. Sanders Jr who had been driving his 1991 Chevy Suburban, which had tinted back windows, through Indianapolis on January 28, 2011.

Sunday, June 30, 2013
Iowa, Germany, Italy, Poland: Traffic Cameras Battered
Vigilantes in Des Moines, Iowa took out a speed camera on Tuesday. The device at the corner of 9th Street and Grand Avenue was twisted around and camera housing bashed, WHO-TV reported.

Friday, June 28, 2013
Richard Retting Becomes A Paid Red-Light Camera Lobbyist
The man most responsible for the spread of automated ticketing in the United States is once again profiting from his advocacy. Richard Retting, the former Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) analyst once dubbed the “father of red-light camera in America” last month became a paid advocate for Redflex Traffic Systems as it lobbies the California legislature to block an engineering improvement that could cut deeply into the Australian firm’s revenue stream.

Thursday, June 27, 2013
Ohio House Votes Overwhelmingly To Ban Traffic Cameras
All red-light cameras and nearly all speed cameras would be banished from Ohio under a bill that cleared the state House of Representatives Wednesday by a 61-32 vote. State Representatives Ron Maag (R-Lebanon) and Dale Mallory (D-Cincinnati) introduced the measure that would pull the plug on sixteen municipal automated ticketing programs currently in operation.

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