Driving News Roundup: March 23, 2012

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

Virgina: A ticket quota in Arlington?
A local TV station has received a memo that appears to detail a quota system at the Arlington County Police Department regarding speeding tickets, arrests, and DUI charges.

Washington: Judge fights red-light camera system
Retired Cowlitz Superior Court Judge Jim Warren says the speeding ticket he received in 2011 is unconstitutional because of how he got it. Warren said the camera did not capture an image of the driver’s face. Thus, the city can’t prove who was driving.

Florida: Few drivers in Florida cited for failing to keep right
We’ve all been stuck behind them and they drive us crazy: the slowpokes who drive under the speed limit in the left and center lanes. Although they may seem to be everywhere, and can be dangerous to other drivers, they’re rarely ticketed.

Iowa: Traffic camera ban advances in Iowa House
In the House Appropriations Committee, lawmakers voted mostly along party-lines to advance a ban on red-light and speed cameras, with the Republican majority largely in favor and Democrats opposed.

Louisiana: Lafayette council considers ending traffic cameras
Three City-Parish Council members have proposed ending Lafayette’s red-light camera enforcement program. The Advocate reports an ordinance sponsored by councilmen William Theriot, Jared Bellard and Andy Naquin would end the program in June.

Florida: Judge rules red light-cameras unconstitutional
Pasco County Judge Anne Wansboro said that use of the cameras “impermissibly shifts the burden of proof to the defendant and therefore does not afford due process, and is unconstitutional to the extent due process is not provided.”

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