Roundup: March 16, 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, March 16, 2016
States Advance License Plate Reader Restrictions
A number of states are having second thoughts about automated license plate readers (ALPR, also known as ANPR in Europe). On Monday, the Oklahoma Senate voted unanimously in favor of restrictions on police use of motorist information. Plate readers, which have come into wide use across the country, allow local police to share real-time tracking information on any motorist with other departments and federal agencies.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Arizona To Slash Red-Light Camera Tickets With Definition Change
A great deal of money rests on a seemingly minor word change in the legal definition of an Arizona intersection. Earlier this month the state House voted 57 to 3 to conform its definition to the language used everywhere else in the continental United States. The move would slash the number of red-light camera citations issued in the state by effectively giving motorists more time to clear an intersection before seeing a flash in their rear-view mirror.

Monday, March 14, 2016
France: Speed Camera Defaced
In Saint-Denis-de-Mailloc, France, vigilantes disabled a speed camera yesterday. According to Le Pays d’Auge, the camera’s lenses were spraypainted black and the word “tirelire,” which means piggy bank, was scrawled on the side.

Friday, March 11, 2016
Texas Toll Road Failure Raises Question Of PPP Viability
A toll road in Texas declared bankruptcy last week, raising concern about tolling’s long-term viability. The State Highway 130 project was the Lone Star State’s first public private partnership tolling deal, which served as a symbol of the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) overall plan to add toll booths to every freeway. It flopped.

Thursday, March 10, 2016
Florida Court: Cops May Not Hold Licenses As Leverage To Search
Police officers may not hold a Florida driver’s license and demand to search a vehicle. That was the conclusion last month of a three-judge state Court of Appeal panel that ruled the search of Joey Villanueva’s van unconstitutional.

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