Roundup: June 20, 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, June 20, 2012
New Jersey Halts Red Light Cameras Over Yellow Timing
The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) yesterday ordered a halt to red light camera ticketing in 21 cities. The agency became concerned drivers are being shortchanged and the law violated after learning that 63 of 85 photo ticketing intersections failed to meet legal requirements for yellow signal timing. The agency prohibited ticketing at these locations pending certification of each individual intersection’s timing.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Ohio: Federal Court Overturns Bogus DUI Arrest
A sober woman is fighting back after she was falsely arrested and imprisoned for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). The Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals ruled last Wednesday that Catrena Green could proceed in her lawsuit against Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Adam B. Throckmorton after lab tests proved she had a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of 0.0 and no drugs in her system.

Monday, June 18, 2012
Riverside, California Considers Dumping Red Light Cameras
California jurisdictions are continuing the trend of giving up on the use of red light cameras. Later today Riverside’s public safety committee will decide whether it should recommend the city council put an end to automated ticketing. City staff are fed up with the program, and so is the state department of transportation (Caltrans).

Sunday, June 17, 2012
UK: Speed Camera Set Ablaze
In Aberdeenshire, Scotland vigilantes burned a speed camera at 3am last Sunday. The automated ticketing machine on the A90 in Lonmay was heavily damaged, BBC News reported.

Friday, June 15, 2012
Missouri Judge Embraces Red Light Camera Program
Lower court judges in Missouri remain split on whether it is legal to use red light cameras in the state. A circuit court judge in St. Louis struck down photo ticketing for a second time last month (view ruling). Last week, however, a judge in Jackson County found that it made no difference that the state legislature had never authorized the use of automated ticketing machines.

Thursday, June 14, 2012
Federal Appeals Court Sides with Louisiana Red Light Cameras
Photo enforcement systems have found a more receptive audience before the federal bench than in state courts. The trend continued Monday as the Fifth Circuit US Court of Appeals sided with the automated ticketing program operated by American Traffic Solutions (ATS) in New Orleans, Louisiana. The opinion is unpublished, meaning the three-judge panel will not allow their finding to be cited as precedent in other cases.

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