Roundup: June 26, 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, June 26, 2013
New Mexico Judge Finds Speed Cameras Violate Due Process
A New Mexico district court judge last month found the hearings offered to recipients of red-light camera and speed camera tickets in the city of Las Cruces violated due process. Dona Ana County Presiding Judge Manuel I. Arrieta issued a 31-page ruling after having the issue under his consideration for nearly two-and-a-half years. Las Cruces has already filed an appeal.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Virginia: Transurban Ditches Old Toll Road, New One Struggles
Virginia’s transportation policy has been dominated by tolling. Both Governor Bob McDonnell (R) and his predecessor Tim Kaine (D) saw the use of public-private partnerships as a means of raising revenue for the state while claiming not to have raised taxes. The tolling push continues with the construction of tolling infrastructure on existing lanes of Interstate 95, even though similar projects in the state are struggling to stay afloat.

Monday, June 24, 2013
The Netherlands: Government Investigates Inaccurate Photo Tickets
Innocent motorists are getting tickets in The Netherlands from average speed cameras that are miscalculating the speed of some vehicles by as much as 18 MPH. Last Monday, National Ombudsman Alex Brenninkmeijer announced his office had opened an official investigation into the matter.

Sunday, June 23, 2013
Ohio, Finland, France, Germany, UK: Speed Cameras Burned, Pelted
In Lucas, Ohio vigilantes last week Sunday cut two of the cables used by a speed camera, taking the device owned and operated by Optotraffic out of service.

Friday, June 21, 2013
Pennsylvania Auditor Blasts Toll Road Law
The Pennsylvania Turnpike’s debt is unsustainable thanks to the state law that allowed the road to implement massive toll hikes, state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale concluded. DePasquale released his findings Tuesday during testimony before the state House Transportation Committee.

Thursday, June 20, 2013
Scotland: Officials Scale Back Inflated Speed Camera Benefit Claims
Officials in the United Kingdom have exaggerated the purported benefits of speed camera use and are now scaling back their claims. On Tuesday, Transport Scotland announced it was delaying the planned publication of its annual speed camera statistics brochure for four months in order to ensure the numbers were more realistic.

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