Roundup: May 22, 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 22, 2013
Maryland, UK: Complaints Upheld Against Speed Camera Operators
Members of the public are having success holding speed camera companies and their customers accountable. This week, governmental agencies in England and Maryland upheld citizen complaints against the proponents of automated ticketing.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Tolling Interstate 95 In Virginia, North Carolina Hits Roadblock
Plans to convert Interstate 95 into a toll road in North Carolina and Virginia have run into a roadblock. On Tuesday, the North Carolina House of Representatives will vote on final passage of a measure that would prohibit the state from installing toll booths on existing general purpose lanes. The measure passed on a preliminary vote 113-0 last Thursday.

Monday, May 20, 2013
Baltimore, Maryland Denies Speed Camera Cover Up
Earlier this month, the city of Baltimore, Maryland told the state’s Open Meetings Compliance Board that it was keeping meetings of the city’s speed camera task force secret, in violation of state law. Assistant City Solicitor Hilary Ruley provided screenshots from the Wayback Machine, to show that announcements were placed somewhere on the website at some point for a pair of meetings.

Friday, May 17, 2013
California: City Obsessed With Red-Light Camera Ticket Numbers
California is the largest market for red-light cameras in the country thanks to the fines set by the state running nearly $500 each. Municipalities that adopt the technology are quick to deny any possibility that financial considerations have anything to do with their decisions to monitor local intersections. Internal discussions between the city of Menlo Park and camera vendor Redflex Traffic Systems suggest otherwise.

Thursday, May 16, 2013
Maryland: Another City Forced To Refund Illegal Photo Tickets
Hagerstown, Maryland announced Wednesday that it would refund 808 illegally issued speed camera tickets. Brekford Corporation mailed the citations between the end of December and January using three automated ticketing machines that failed to meet the certification requirements of state law.

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