Roundup: June 27, 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 27, 2012
California: Opposition Mounts to Red Light Camera Bill
The opponents and proponents of red light cameras in California appear to agree on one point, they both do not like Senate Bill 1303. State Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) introduced the measure, which cleared the state Assembly Transportation committee on Monday by an 11 to 1 vote (view legislation), to curb what he called “red light camera abuses.”

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Redmond, Washington Ends Photo Enforcement
After a drawn-out battle with citizen activists, officials in Redmond, Washington on Friday shut down the last remaining photo enforcement camera. In February, the city approved a contract to allow American Traffic Solutions (ATS) to issue speed camera tickets until June 22. Initiative guru Tim Eyman declared victory in an email to reporters after confirming the final camera was deactivated.

Monday, June 25, 2012
Florida: Analysis Disproves Red Light Camera Program Claims
A retired Florida state trooper released a report Friday meant to keep St. Petersburg honest on the subject of red light cameras. Paul Henry, who spent 25 years in law enforcement and reached the rank of lieutenant in the Florida Highway Patrol, was outraged when he saw the city’s transportation director, Joe Kubicki, claim the recently activated photo ticketing program was responsible for a 60 percent reduction in “red-light related” crashes.

Friday, June 22, 2012
West Virginia Supreme Court Rejects Traffic Stop for Missing Mirror
A driver should not be pulled over for a missing side mirror, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled last week. Under consideration was the traffic stop that happened on January 28, 2010, after Huntington Police Officer James Leist saw the vehicle belonging to Jerrod Dillon drive past without a passenger side mirror.

Thursday, June 21, 2012
New York Protects Drivers from Electronic Parking Meters
The New York state legislature yesterday gave final passage to legislation intended to reduce the number of citations given by meter maids exploiting a window of opportunity created by electronic parking meters. Called “muni-meters,” the new style of parking meter requires motorists to get out of their vehicle, walk to a kiosk that dispenses a timed receipt, and display that slip of paper on the car’s dashboard. A citation can be issued in the time it takes to complete these steps.

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