Roundup: May 1, 2013

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, May 01, 2013
France: Report Identifies Most Outrageous Speed Traps
Motorists in France are arming themselves against what they consider predatory speed traps. The pro-driving group Forty Million Motorists on Monday released a 32-page report detailing the country’s most underhanded speed camera locations. The group compiled the list by sorting through the 67,000 results they received after asking the public to, “Tell me about your radar.”

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Louisiana: Red-Light Camera Tickets Can Increase Insurance Rates
In states like Arizona and California where photo enforcement tickets carry license points, insurance rates rise when a red-light camera or speed camera ticket is sent to a vehicle owner. It is less well known that the same can be true in states where points are not assessed on photo tickets. On Monday, the office of the Louisiana Department of Insurance clarified that nothing prevents insurers from raising rates on vehicle owners who receive a photo ticket in the mail.

Monday, April 29, 2013
Texas: Court Finds Breath Mints Are Evidence Of DUI
Use of breath mints can be considered evidence a driver is intoxicated, according to a divided Texas Court of Appeals ruling delivered earlier this month. The three-judge panel made the decision in the case of limousine service driver Robert Richardson who was stopped in Lewisville, Texas on August 25, 2010 while transporting customers from the airport.

Sunday, April 28, 2013
Italy, Poland, Saudi Arabia: Speed Cameras Burn, Fall
In Europe and the United States, speed camera attacks generally happen at night or in the early morning hours. This was not the case in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia when a group of vigilantes set fire to a “Saher” speed camera in broad daylight in the middle of a busy street with the event captured on video. According to Bab, the Grand Mufti has condemned such attacks.

Friday, April 26, 2013
Lawmakers Seek To Eliminate Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
State lawmakers upset at the corruption of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission are looking to hand control of the toll road over to the state Department of Transportation (PennDOT). Pennsylvania created the turnpike commission in 1940 to run what began as a 160-mile toll road. The route now stretches 546 miles, charging drivers $780 million per year. Despite the heavy cost, the toll road is rapidly losing money.

Thursday, April 25, 2013
California: Audit Finds Split-Second Yellow At Red-Light Camera Intersection
Red-light camera opponents often charge municipalities exploit intersections that have dangerously short yellow times for the purpose of issuing tickets. An outside audit of the Sacramento, California red-light camera program confirmed that tickets were issued at an intersection where the yellow warning period on occasion flashed by faster than the eye could see.

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