Roundup: May 28, 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 28, 2014
US Supreme Court Backs Cops Who Shoot Motorists
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously approved of the actions of police officers who gunned down the driver and passenger in a car that committed a minor traffic infraction and kicked off a brief chase.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Indiana: Motorist Sues After Officer Takes Forced Urine Sample
A motorist whose blood alcohol level was below the legal limit earlier this month filed a $11 million federal lawsuit against Schererville, Indiana for allowing its police force to use a catheter to forcibly obtain a urine sample from him two years ago. On May 20, 2012, William D. Clark and Alyssa Madson were driving through Schererville on US 30. At around 11pm, Officer Matthew Djukic hit the lights on his squad car and pulled Clark for allegedly speeding.

Sunday, May 25, 2014
California, Maryland, France, Germany: Traffic Cameras Disabled
In Beure, France, vigilantes disabled a speed camera on Wednesday, Plein Air reported. White paint was brushed onto the lens of the automated ticketing machine on the RN83, preventing it from issuing tickets. In Trensacq, a pair of speed cameras were covered in black paint. According to Sud Ouest, the camera on the road that runs between Bordeaux and Mont-de-Marsan was disabled on Tuesday and the camera pointed at traffic in the opposite direction was disabled on Thursday.

Friday, May 23, 2014
US Labor Department: Redflex Fired Americans, Hired Australians
The US Department of Labor reversed itself on April 29 with a formal ruling that Redflex Traffic Systems fired three American employees so that it could outsource engineering functions to the firm’s home country of Australia. After Randall Bass, Ngoc Nguyen and Bob Hervey were fired from their jobs in the company’s Phoenix, Arizona office last May, they petitioned the Labor Department for help. Although the agency formally rejected the request in February, a petition to have the decision reviewed proved successful.

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Illinois Supreme Court Takes On Red-Light Cameras
The Supreme Court of Illinois on Wednesday heard oral arguments in a case that will decide whether Chicago’s red-light camera program has been illegally operating for more than a decade. Redflex Traffic Systems of Australia began issuing tickets in the Windy City three years before the state legislature granted select jurisdictions permission to use automated ticketing machines. This makes the city’s photo ticketing ordinance illegal, say Michael Reagan and Patrick J. Keating, lawyers who filed a class-action lawsuit to shut the program down.

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