Driving News Roundup: July 5, 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.

The dirty little secret about holiday traffic ticketing
One of the most cherished traditions of the American family is the summer vacation. Little do most moms and dads know that they are targeted once they pull the family car out onto the highway.

Ohio: Lawsuit over city’s red-light cameras sent back to court
A class-action lawsuit challenging the appeal process for red-light camera citations filed against the city of Toledo and RedFlex Traffic Systems Inc. should not have been thrown out in Lucas County Common Pleas Court, an appellate court ruled Friday. The appeals court agreed Toledo police had not established an appeal process for those cited by the cameras.

Colorado: State toxicology lab suspends blood-alcohol testing
The Colorado Department of Health and Environment is suspending all testing of blood-alcohol and blood-drug levels at its state toxicology lab pending an investigation to see if they are being done correctly.

States mull new taxes, fees on electric and hybrid vehicles
Owners of hybrid and electric vehicles likely will face new taxes or fees to replace the savings they enjoy from paying less in gasoline taxes (if they drive a hybrid) or nothing (if they drive a fully electric vehicle), based on rules already passed in some states and being considered in others.

Anthony Foxx is the new Secretary of Transportation
Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx has now officially been sworn in as the new Secretary of Transportation. Foxx had been nominated by President Obama a few months ago. Foxx, who is the 17th US Transportation Secretary, inherits the job from Ray LaHood, who announced that he would be stepping down from his post earlier this year.

Florida: County moves to shut down red-light cameras with public vote
The board of commissioners in Hernando County, Florida has been trying for months to force the city of Brooksville to remove red-light cameras from the county’s right-of-way. So far, nothing has worked and the county commissioners agreed last week to use the ultimate political persuasion — a vote of county residents — to force the issue.

Virginia: $10 Million red-light camera caught with short yellow
One of the most profitable red-light camera intersections in Virginia Beach, Virginia has been pulling in millions based from faulty engineering. The automated ticketing machine generated $10 million worth of red-light camera tickets, only to see profits tumble 64 percent when the yellow signal timing was extended by half-a-second in January.


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