Driving News Roundup: February 15, 2013

This is a weekly feature on the NMA Blog, running each Friday, where we highlight seven of the most interesting driving news stories of the week.

Ohio: Toledo budgets for $4.2 million in red-light camera fines
The city’s traffic camera system generated 68,115 citations in 2012 for speeding and running red lights, according to data provided by the Toledo Police Department (TPD) Traffic Section. The traffic camera network was expanded to 44 cameras last summer with the addition of 11 cameras at six new locations. Redflex revenue collected by the city in 2012 totaled nearly $3 million, while city officials expect to reap $4.2 million in revenue from the cameras.

Minnesota: Lawmakers consider stop light cameras
Minnesota lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow cities in Minnesota to use automated stop light enforcement cameras. The city of Minneapolis used them in 2005 and 2006 to catch red light runners, but the practice was struck down by the Minnesota Supreme Court in 2007 and the cameras were deactivated.

Florida: Collier’s red-light cameras coming down
A last-ditch attempt to keep Collier County’s red-light cameras failed Tuesday after a heated commission debate. Collier’s 10 red-light cameras at 19 intersections will be removed Feb. 28 as scheduled.

Michigan: Metro Detroit is full of speed traps and a retired cop says he knows how to put the brakes on them
Why has the National Motorists Association named metro Detroit one of the worst areas in the nation for speed traps? Jim Walker from the National Motorists Association says “It’s strictly for revenue.” Walker says many speed limits are set artificially low to make it easy for police to write tickets and he says that creates uneven speeds, which actually makes driving more dangerous. Kurt Skarjune, a retired police officer from a Detroit suburb, says if money from traffic fines went to the state and was then redistributed to cities for things like fighting crime and hiring police officers, speed traps would disappear.

Proposed federal rule would put ‘black box’ recorders in all new cars
You may not know it, but your car may be equipped to tell on you when you get into a wreck. And if a federal safety agency gets its way, all new cars sold in the United States come fall 2014 will include event-data recorders — “black boxes” — capable of capturing what happened in the moments before and during a crash.Florida: I can’t drive 35
Florida’s Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad was ticketed on a Tallahassee for doing 44 in a 35. A short time later, DOT commenced a study of road conditions and decided to raise the speed limit to 45.

Ohio: Kids issue traffic tickets to parents
Students at Northwestern Middle School in Springfield are giving their parents mock traffic tickets when they see them distracted. Northwestern is currently one of four schools across Ohio being piloted for the Ticket Your Parent Program. It’s a program that is designed to give students a hands on approach to identify bad and good driving habits by watching their parents.


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