NMA Driving News Weekly Roundup for August 25, 2017

In this week’s Driving News Roundup:

–In NC, drivers can be stopped without a violation—
–CA cops sue over ticket quotas—
–Tesla wins against MI—
–Photo radar discussion begins in Arkansas—
–Court strikes down Indiana’s car seizure law–

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NMA Driving News Story of the Week

North Carolina Supreme Court Upholds Stopping Drivers without a Violation
Police in North Carolina can pull over motorists even if they have committed no traffic violation. The state’s highest court on Friday approved the stop of a man whose pickup truck fishtailed slightly while making a left-hand turn on a snowy road. The North Carolina Court of Appeals had reviewed the case and found the driver, James L. Johnson, had done absolutely nothing illegal. The unanimous three-judge panel struck down the traffic stop as unconstitutional, but the high court justices last week insisted on declaring the officer’s actions as legitimate, reversing the lower court’s decision.

California Cops Sue over Ticket Quotas
Six police officers in Whittier, California have taken a stand against ticket quotas, and now they will have a chance to tell their story to a jury. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Howard L. Halm last month found sufficient evidence to believe the officers have a valid claim. Whittier, like many other cities around the country, used a technique called “shift averaging” to get around a state law banning explicit ticket quotas. Supervisors would tally up the number of tickets handed out by teams of officers on various shifts and punish anyone who failed to meet or exceed that average. The officers who filed the lawsuit complained to their supervisors or to the internal affairs department that they believed this procedure was a thinly disguised quota. This, the officers argue, was when retaliation began. Black marks began appearing on the officers’ records. They were ordered to attend counseling sessions, transferred to less desirable duties and placed on performance improvement plans.

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