Roundup: June 6, 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 06, 2012
Louisiana: Appeals Court Rules Gunpoint Traffic Stop Not an Arrest
If police block in a car and approach with guns drawn, the driver should not assume that he is under arrest, the Louisiana’s Court of Appeal ruled last Thursday. Though Robert C. Carter was anything but an ordinary motorist when he was pulled over at gunpoint, approval of the police techniques used apply have an impact on everyone who gets behind the wheel.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Chicago, Illinois the 6th Most Ticketed US City
The Second City is actually the sixth city — at least when it comes to speeding and traffic tickets, according to the National Motorists Association (NMA), a motorists rights organization.

Monday, June 04, 2012
Company Promises to Boost Traffic Ticket Revenue for Small Towns
The CEO of a series of failed photo enforcement ventures in Rhode Island and South Carolina has returned. This time around, William B. Danzell’s firm, iTraffic, will dispense with the controversial practice of mailing citations to registered vehicle owners. Instead, he hopes to use taxpayer funds to help small towns set up conventional speed traps using the latest available technology.

Sunday, June 03, 2012
Australia, France, UK: Speed Cameras Decorated, Damaged
In Savoie, France vigilantes vigilantes decorated a speed camera with a white cardboard box bearing the coat of arms of Savoie. The device near Evires on the RD1203 was out of commission until police were dispatched to remove the box, according to Le Dauphine.

Friday, June 01, 2012
California Senate Votes for Red Light Camera Bailout
The California Senate voted unanimously Thursday to relieve red light camera companies of their most significant legal liability. At issue is whether the Confrontation Clause principles recently upheld in the 2009 US Supreme Court case Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts (view case) apply to the evidence generated by automated ticketing machines.

Thursday, May 31, 2012
Ohio Court Blasts Police Embellishment of Traffic Stop Testimony
Prosecutors and sometimes even judges will embellish the testimony of a police officer to justify a traffic stop after the fact. A divided Ohio Court of Appeals panel ruled Tuesday that this practice was unacceptable. The majority determined Henry County Deputy Sheriff Sean Wymer unconstitutionally seized Dustin A. Haas because the officer did not understand the law he was enforcing.

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