Roundup: September 16, 2015

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, September 16, 2015
Civil Rights Groups Ask Supreme Court To Rethink Border Roadblocks
A pair of civil rights groups believe the US Supreme Court needs to scale back the interrogation of motorists at “border” roadblocks that are nowhere near the border. In a brief filed last week with the US Supreme Court, the Texas Civil Rights Project and the National Lawyers Guild argued that lower courts are going too far in allowing police to arbitrarily harass drivers who have done nothing wrong. They want the high court justices to overturn a February decision by the Fifth Circuit US Court of Appeals that declared a US Air Force major’s reluctance to roll down his window an “unorthodox tactic” requiring further roadside questioning.

Tuesday, September  15, 2015
North Carolina Ignores Fraud To Build Toll Road
The North Carolina Department of Transportation will not allow fraud convictions to stand in the way of building another toll road. On Friday, the agency announced it was moving forward with the controversial Monroe Bypass, an $840 million project connecting Union County and Mecklenburg County. US District Judge James C. Dever III gave the project a green light on Thursday by tossing a lawsuit filed by an environmental group opposed to growth.

Monday, September 14, 2015
France, Germany, Italy: Speed Cameras Trashed, Toppled
French tobacco dealers on Tuesday disabled the speed camera in Bayenghem-les-Eperlecques last week. According to La Voix du Nord, the device was covered with a trashbag and an informational poster to protest a looming regulations on cigarettes.

Friday, September 11, 2015
Texas: ATS Argues The People Have No Right To Vote On Traffic Cameras
The Texas Supreme Court in April refused to block Arlington residents from voting to outlaw red-light cameras. As a result, sixty percent of those who cast ballots in the May election voted against photo enforcement. By a similar margin the electorate ousted the ticketing program’s champion, Mayor Robert Cluck. On Thursday, American Traffic Solutions (ATS) was back in court trying to overturn the public’s decision.

Thursday, September 10, 2015
Speed Camera Company Sues Cleveland, Ohio
Photo enforcement vendors do not give up easily when cities decide that using speed cameras is not for them. Xerox, for example, recently filed suit against Cleveland, Ohio after its residents voted by an overwhelming 78 percent margin to ban the use of red-light cameras and speed cameras in 2014. The photo copying giant insists that it is owed money because the automated ticketing contract does not expire until June 1, 2017. The company was only able to collect ticketing revenue for a year and a half.

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