Roundup: May 7, 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 07, 2014
Ohio City Takes Speed Camera Ruling To Supreme Court
Photo enforcement companies have recently had a rough time at the highest levels of the judicial system. Last week, the Missouri Supreme Court endorsed a series of appellate court rulings striking down red-light camera programs as unlawful. Now Cleveland is hoping Ohio’s highest court will do the opposite and reject an appellate ruling from January that declared the city’s photo ticketing appeals process in violation of state law.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Colorado Legislature Gives In To Lobbyists, Kills Camera Ban
Lobbyists for municipalities and the photo enforcement industry won a big victory by killing a bill in the Colorado General Assembly that would have prohibited the use of red-light cameras and speed cameras. The bill had passed the state Senate by a 21 to 14 vote last month only to hit a roadblock in the lower chamber last week.

Monday, May 05, 2014
Iowa Supreme Court Criminalizes License Plate Frames
Iowa’s highest court considered a simple question: Can cops pull over and search motorists solely because their license plate frame partially covers up the name of the county on the plate? The divided court’s answer on Friday was, yes.

Sunday, May 04, 2014
Italy, UK Speed Cameras Trashed
Vigilantes in Newtown, Scotland set fire to a speed camera on Tuesday. According to Police Scotland, the automated ticketing machine on the A68 in St. Boswells just north of Tweed Horizons was taken out of service, halting ticketing operations at the site, to the great concern of local officials.

Friday, May 02, 2014
Obama Administration Opens Prospect For Tolls On Every Highway
The US Department of Transportation on Tuesday unveiled its “Grow America” proposal reauthorizing federal transportation funding over the next four years. The $302 billion spending blueprint reflects a major shift in White House priorities, particularly on the issue of tolling.

Thursday, May 01, 2014
Missouri County Considers Public Vote On Red-Light Cameras
The county council in St. Charles, Missouri may allow residents to decide whether to ban the use of red-light cameras or not. The prospect for such a vote has municipal politicians — who have been insisting that the decision of whether to use red-light cameras is a matter of “local control” — up in arms. They do not want citizens to have any say in the matter.

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