Roundup: June 1, 2016

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, June 1, 2016
Arizona: Functional License Plate Light Does Not Justify Stop
A burned out license plate light is always a favorite equipment violation that police officers know they can use to pull over suspects of interest. In Arizona last week, the state Court of Appeals decided that law enforcement could not have it both ways and also use the law to pull over drivers who had working license plate lights.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Illinois: Six-Figure Fines Levied In Redflex Corruption Trial
US District Judge Virginia M. Kendall wants the public to know that red-light camera crime should not pay. On Friday, she ordered former Chicago, Illinois transportation official John Bills to forfeit to the federal government the $680,107 he received in the form of gifts and cash from Redflex Traffic Systems. A federal jury in January found Bills guilty of taking bribes in return for his assistance in landing the largest red-light camera program of its type for the Australian company.

Monday, May 30, 2016
France: Speed Camera Disabled With Spraypaint
Vigilantes in Vercia, France disabled a speed camera on Sunday. According to Voix du Jura, the device on the RD1083 had its lenses spraypainted black.

Friday, May 27, 2016
Tennessee Lawmaker Burns Photo Ticket In Live Video
Tennessee state Representative Andy Holt (R-Dresden) wants his constituents to know that paying red-light camera and speed camera tickets is entirely optional. He made the point in dramatic fashion by burning a citation during a live Facebook video session.

Thursday, May 26, 2016
California Toll Roads Sued Over Deceptive Practices
A motorist is suing a local government agency in California for intentionally luring unsuspecting motorists onto toll roads so that they could be billed hundreds of dollars in fines. In a class action lawsuit filed on Monday, Ebrahim H. Mahda says he found himself on the Route 73 toll road on November 26, 2015, and, since he did not have a FasTrak transponder, he received a demand that he pay $232 weeks later in the mail. Toll booths were eliminated on Orange County’s toll roads in 2014.

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