Roundup: March 18, 2015

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 18, 2015
Iowa DOT Cracks Down On Profit-Driven Speed Cameras
The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) wants ten of the thirty-four traffic cameras in use on state roads to come down. Officials reviewed documentation supplied by Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Muscatine and Sioux City and concluded on Tuesday that too many were not installed for safety purposes.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Florida Considers Red-Light Camera Reform
As the tide continues to turn against red-light cameras nationwide, Florida lawmakers are considering scaling back their statewide program. The Highway and Waterway Safety Subcommittee last Wednesday approved a measure that would ban automated ticketing of rolling right turns on red and address a handful of minor concerns.

Monday, March 16, 2015
Missouri, France, Saudi Arabia: Traffic Cameras In Fires, Crashes, Scandals
A red-light camera was knocked over Wednesday in an accident that the device did not prevent. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, an SUV hit the device at Hampton Avenue and Wilson Avenue at around 8:30am.

Friday, March 13, 2015
Redflex App Monitors Motorists
A photo enforcement company wants to collect information from motorists with an iPhone. Redflex Traffic Systems of Australia, the second largest player in the photo ticketing industry, introduced a smartphone app on Thursday that promises benefits to motorists that may come with a privacy cost.

Thursday, March 12, 2015
Missouri Supreme Court Stops Ferguson Motorist Shakedown
A US Department of Justice report released earlier this month called into question the predatory tactics of traffic police and municipal court in Ferguson, Missouri. The high court decided on Monday to clear the bench and put Court of Appeals Judge Roy L. Richter in charge of all the city’s cases in the St. Louis County municipal court.

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