Roundup: March 4, 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 04, 2015
Texas: Judge Rejects Traffic Camera Company Attempt To Block Public Vote
A Tarrant County, Texas judge on Tuesday did not buy the argument of a red-light camera company that the public had no right to vote on whether cameras should be used in their community. American Traffic Solutions (ATS) filed for an emergency injunction last week in an attempt to keep the residents of Arlington from casting a ballot in the upcoming May election on the subject of automated ticketing. The Arizona-based firm found someone local who claimed he would suffer injury if fellow residents were allowed to vote.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Federal Appeals Court Endorses Suspicionless Detention Of Air Force Officer
An Air Force major detained at a suspicionless roadblock five years ago will not be able to sue for damages. A sharply divided Fifth Circuit US Court of Appeals panel concluded on Thursday that Border Patrol agents could hold Major Richard Rynearson indefinitely simply because they did not care for his attitude.

Monday, March 02, 2015
Australia, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia: Speed Cameras Smashed, Bashed, Crashed
A motorist in Queensland, Australia rammed a photo radar van on Sunday night. According to the AAP news service, a white Ford ute damaged the speed trap that had been set up on Kings Road in Pimlico.

Friday, February 27, 2015
Florida: Appellate Ruling Hits Cities, Traffic Camera Firm
The Florida cities that use red-light cameras, and their vendors, are realizing the full impact of having the courts turn against them. Last October, the state Court of Appeals reversed its previously held position and decided that the outsourcing of traffic ticket issuance and review to private, for-profit companies could not be tolerated.

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Federal Bill Promotes Speed Cameras Over Red-Light Cameras
A member of Congress wants to establish a federal preference for speed cameras over red-light cameras with a new law. US Representative Ed Perlmutter (D-Colorado) last week introduced what he called a bill to prohibit automated traffic enforcement, but the actual text of the legislation gives federal approval to the use of certain types of speed cameras.

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