Each Wednesday, we’ll publish quick summaries of the articles from the last week on TheNewspaper.com. We’re doing this because these articles are often strongly connected to the issues that National Motorists Association members are interested in.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Redflex Financial Losses Mount In Light Of Bribery Scandal
Shares in Redflex Traffic Systems tumbled to an all-time low of 15 cents per share Monday after the firm told Australian investors that it lost $38 million in the last fiscal year. Shareholders likely now regret rejecting as inadequate Macquarie Bank’s bid to buy out Redflex at $2.75 a share four years ago.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Insurance Industry Study Claims Speed Camera Benefit
The insurance industry has a lot to gain from the proliferation of speed cameras. In states such as Arizona and California, photo tickets carry license points that increase insurance premiums. That is good news for the companies that fund the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which today released a report claiming significant safety benefits from the use of photo radar.
Monday, August 31, 2015
Maryland, New York, Canada: Speed Cameras Defaced
A motorist in Suffolk County, New York is taking a stand against automated enforcement. On Tuesday, Stephen Ruth was arrested for making a YouTube video demonstrating how easy it is to disable a red-light camera with a simple painter’s extension rod. It took only a few seconds for Ruth to point the camera away from traffic, preventing it from issuing citations.
Friday, August 28, 2015
Study Shows Hybrids Are Not Improving US Fleet Mileage
Supporters of toll roads insist that the gas tax can no longer be relied upon to fund roads because hybrid and electric automobiles are improving gas mileage so much that gas tax receipts are down. A study released last week by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute shows that, contrary to this assertion, the gas mileage of the US car and truck fleet has changed very little over the past two decades.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Idaho Supreme Court Declares Threat Of Fines And License Suspension Is Not Coercion
Telling a driver that she would lose her right to drive for a year and have to pay $250 unless she submitted to a portable breath test is not coercion. That was the conclusion the Idaho Supreme Court reached last week as it considered the case of Felicity Kathleen Haynes, who was pulled over on February 23, 2013 on suspicion that she was driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI).