Roundup: May 14, 2014

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 14, 2014
California: Court Slams Cops Over Bogus Camera Stop
An innocent woman forced to her knees, held at gunpoint, handcuffed and surrounded by multiple San Francisco, California police officers can proceed with her lawsuit for false arrest. The Ninth Circuit US Court of Appeals on Monday ruled that the officers were potentially liable for using excessive force against Denise Green after an automated license plate reader (ALPR or ANPR in Europe) mistakenly flagged her vehicle as stolen. On March 30, 2009, a camera mounted on a police car on Mission Street took a blurry photo of Green’s burgundy Lexus ES300 which the automated system confused for a stolen gray GMC pickup truck.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Arizona Supreme Court Rules On Stoned Driving
With states like Colorado legalizing the sale of marijuana, jurisdictions are scrambling to deal with the consequences. Last month, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled 4 to 1 that draconian laws designed to handle driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol could not be applied directly to pot because of the way the drug interacts with the bloodstream.

Monday, May 12, 2014
France, Germany, Italy Speed Cameras Disabled
Vigilantes in Kranenburg, Germany pried off the lens cover of a speed camera at 4:30am on Saturday. According to Nordrhein-Westfalen Police, an alarm went off on Dorfstrasse, but by the time officers arrived the assailants had left.

Sunday, May 11, 2014
Texas Voters Ban Red-Light Cameras For A Sixth Time
Voters in Conroe, Texas flocked to the polls Saturday to become the sixth town in the Lone Star state to outlaw red-light cameras. The automated ticketing machines owned and operated by American Traffic Solutions (ATS) lost by 59 percent of the vote.

Friday, May 09, 2014
New Hampshire Supreme Court Upholds Anti-Police License Plate
Drivers in the “Live Free or Die” state of New Hampshire can express their dislike for police officers on their license plate as a result of a state Supreme Court ruling handed down on Wednesday. David Montenegro forced the issue by suing the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) when it refused to accept his request filed four years ago for a personalized plate that said COPSLIE. The agency called the proposed plate “insulting.”

Thursday, May 08, 2014
Poll Shows Overwhelming Opposition To Tolling
In a nationwide survey of American adults, only 22 percent expressed support for the administration’s latest push to allow states to convert existing freeway into toll roads. Rasmussen Reports released the findings Wednesday in the wake of the Transportation Department’s presentation of its funding blueprint to Congress.

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