Roundup: October 22, 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, October 22, 2014
Nevada Supreme Court Strikes Down Forced Motorist Blood Draw Law
Nevada on Thursday became one of a growing number of states backing off from the practice of drawing blood from motorists by force in light of the US Supreme Court’s McNeely decision. The high court forced states to reconsider past rulings that held the natural dissipation of alcohol in the bloodstream automatically constituted an “exigent circumstance” that allowed police to forgo obtaining a warrant before forcefully drawing a motorist’s blood.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
San Francisco, California To Vote On Anti-Motorist Bond Measure
Voters in San Francisco, California will be asked November 4 to approve a $500 million “transportation and road improvement bond,” but few of the improvements are meant to benefit motorists. The measure advanced by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is designed to discourage people from driving.

Monday, October 20, 2014
Controversy Brews As Voters Take on Traffic Cameras
Red-light camera and speed camera companies are seeing their market diminish rapidly, and employees are nervous. In two weeks, voters in three states have a chance to outlaw automated ticketing through local ballot measures. Cristian Pop, a technician for Redflex Traffic Systems of Australia will appear in court October 30 on charges that he stole the anti-camera “Vote Yes on 408” campaign sign on Thursday, tossing it into a nearby field.

Sunday, October 19, 2014
France, South Africa: Traffic Cameras Smashed and Burned
A 32-year-old man damaged a mobile speed camera on October 5 in Nzhelele, South Africa. According to Zoutnet, Freddy Ramulongo was pulled over by police. When the officers took him to see the traffic camera reading, he smashed the device. Ramulongo will face charges on Tuesday.

Friday, October 17, 2014
Report Explores Speed Trap Towns In St Louis, Missouri
Discontent in the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri broke into the international spotlight with the August 9 police shooting of Michael Brown. Before that, motorist Brett Darrow exposed extreme police conduct by videotaping traffic stops, including the 2007 rant of a St. George officer which led to the city being disbanded a year later.

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Florida Appeals Court Strikes Down Red-Light Cameras
In a dramatic reversal of a decision handed down six months ago, the Florida Court of Appeal decided Wednesday that the way red-light cameras are operated throughout the state is unlawful. A three-judge panel unanimously set aside its April 23 opinion, replacing it with a decision that represents bad news for automated ticketing vendors and cities that rely upon them.

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