NMA Driving News Weekly Roundup for July 28, 2017

In this week’s Driving News Roundup:

–OH Supreme Crt Overturns fake ban on Speed Cams—
–TX Appeals Crt says cities can ignore state RLC laws—
–NTSB wants pt-to-pt speed cams to protect us from ourselves—
–Chicago approves RLC ticket scandal settlement—
–Minneapolis updates police body cam rules—
–New Study indicates Trump’s $1T infrastructure plan may be too difficult–


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NMA Driving News Stories of the Week

Philadelphia offers to end use of forfeiture funds for law enforcement
In a bid to end a class-action lawsuit against the city, Philadelphia officials are seeking a federal judge’s approval of a voluntary permanent ban on the controversial use of civil-forfeiture proceeds to fund police and prosecutors. With one exception, the city has voluntarily stopped using property seized in criminal cases to fund the District Attorney’s Office and the Police Department.

Ohio Supreme Court Overturns Fake Ban on Speed Cameras
Politicians hate to make the sort of choices that might alienate key constituencies. In Ohio, lawmakers knew voters opposed speed cameras after the devices were rejected at the ballot box in eight cities. At the same time, state representatives and senators did not want to offend city politicians who depend on photo ticket revenue to balance the budget. The Ohio Supreme Court weighed in Wednesday by tossing out the General Assembly’s 2014 attempt to have it both ways by passing legislation that was commonly reported as a “ban” on speed cameras, even though it still allowed cities to run as many speed cameras as they liked (view bill).

Texas Appeals Court Says Cities Can Ignore Red-Light Camera Law
The Texas Appeals Court does not think that cities need to follow the state’s red-light camera law. Lawyers for ticket recipients sued Willis over its failure to follow all legally required procedures, but a three-judge appellate panel handed down a decision earlier this month saying that motorists had no right to use the courts to force cities to comply with the law. On Friday, attorney Russell J. Bowman formally asked the court to reconsider. Bowman had filed suit a year ago after realizing that Willis is one of several cities that failed to conduct a formal study of engineering alternatives prior to installing its red-light cameras. The legislature mandated these studies in 2007 as a way to protect citizens from unscrupulous cities seeking to use cameras solely as a means of generating revenue.


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The NMA Driving News Roundup is a regular feature on the NMA Blog, where we highlight some of the most interesting driving news stories of the week. If you have a story for Driving News, send the url via email to nma@motorists.org. Every other Sunday, catch the Car of the Future Roundup blog post.

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