Roundup: April 13, 2016

Each Wednesday, we’ll publish quick summaries of the articles from the last week on We’re doing this because these articles are often strongly connected to the issues that National Motorists Association members are interested in.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Opinion: Insurance Industry Claims 32,894 Deaths From Higher Speed Limits
The insurance industry is going all out in its ongoing campaign to lower speed limits nationwide. The industry’s public relations arm, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) was the leading advocate in favor of keeping the national maximum 55 MPH speed limit, opposing its ultimate repeal in 1995. On Tuesday, the group claimed 32,894 lives were lost as a result of the repeal of the double nickel.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Illinois Judge Endorses Shortened Yellow Times
The photo ticketing industry has one less lawsuit to worry about. Earlier this month, a Cook County Circuit Court judge issued the ruling that Chicago, Illinois officials wanted to hear: The red-light camera program that generates $60 million in annual revenue can stay. In coming to her decision, the judge acknowledged that the industry needed to hear some good news.

Monday, April 11, 2016
Australia, France: Speed Camera Smashed, Blocked
A white 2001 Holden sedan slammed into a speed camera in South Australia last week Monday. The force of the collision obliterated the automated ticketing machine that had been issuing tickets on the South Eastern Freeway at Mount Barker. South Australian police have not identified the driver.

Friday, April 8, 2016
Maryland Speed Camera Falsely Accuses School Bus
A school bus passing slowly through Rockville, Maryland was photographed by the speed camera on Baltimore Road on December 11. Two weeks later, the Montgomery County Board of Education received a copy of the image in the mail along with a demand for $40 since the “Board of Education” was traveling 54 MPH in a 25 MPH zone, according to a copy of the $40 citation obtained by the Maryland Drivers Alliance.

Thursday, April 7, 2016
Florida Court Gives Police Right To Detain Innocent Passengers
Florida’s Supreme Court may soon resolve the question of whether police may detain a vehicle’s passenger simply because the driver committed a minor traffic infraction. On Friday, the state’s Fifth District Court of Appeal reversed a prior decision and certified conflict with appellate decisions in other districts, packaging the ruling for the high court’s review.

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