Roundup: April 17, 2017

In this week’s Roundup!

–Dim tail lights are now a crime in MI–

–New Miami, OH fights RLC refund–

–Driveway Taxes no more in KS–

Friday, April 14, 2017
Michigan Appeals Court Turns Dim Tail Lights Into A Crime
A three-judge panel of the Michigan Court of Appeals decided Tuesday to expand the ability of police to stop and search motorists by declaring it unlawful to have a “dim” tail light.

Thursday, April 13, 2017
Ohio Town Fights To Avoid $3.4 Million Speed Camera Refund
New Miami, Ohio will do anything to keep from paying back the $3 million in speed camera tickets illegally issued by Optotraffic, the town’s vendor. Butler County Judge Michael A. Oster Jr will speak to the parties in the case next Wednesday after having put a temporary halt to enforcement of his February judgment.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Europe Lowers Speed Camera Tolerance To Raise Revenue
Several European nations have turned to low-cost speed camera tickets issued in high volumes to boost revenue. The Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad reported a 31 percent increase in the number of automated citations mailed to motorists accused of exceeding the speed limit by 8km/h (5 MPH) or less.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Kansas Supreme Court Strikes Down Driveway Taxes
Driveway taxes are no longer legal in Kansas following Friday’s state Supreme Court ruling. The “transportation user fee” has become popular revenue-raising tool for municipal politicians nationwide, boosting property tax bills for all homes and businesses with driveway access to city streets.

Monday, April 10, 2017
France, Latvia, Saudi Arabia: Speed Cameras Smashed, Scorched, Sprayed
A “saher” speed camera in Jizan, Saudi Arabia was destroyed after having failed to prevent a deadly accident on Friday. According to Al Mowaten, the newly installed device was smashed by a vehicle that had lost control after its tire exploded.

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