Roundup: April 27, 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 27, 2016
Texas Attorney General Bans Camera Use For Auto Insurance Tickets
Jonathan Miller will not be selling his automated insurance citation system in Texas. On Monday, state Attorney General Ken Paxton shot down the proposal of Miller’s firm, the Texas Public Safety Consortium, to deploy automated license plate readers (ALPR, also known as ANPR) in Bowie County to ticket motorists for driving with lapsed insurance.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Missouri House To Give Voters A Say On Red-Light Cameras
The Missouri House of Representatives last week advanced legislation that would turn the controversial question about what to do with red-light cameras over to the people of the Show Me State. The ballot measure introduced by state Representative Bryan Spencer (R-Wentzville) advanced on a voice vote last Wednesday. After fiscal review, the bill is scheduled to receive a final vote in the state House.

Monday, April 25, 2016
France: Speed Cameras Sabotaged
Vigilantes shut down a speed camera in Haute-Loire, France last week Saturday. According to Le Progres, the automated ticketing machine on the RD589 in Saint-Christophe-sur-Dolaison had its cabinet pried open. In Saint-Germier, the speed camera on the D612 had its lenses covered with white spraypaint, La Semaine de Castres et du Tarn reported.

Friday, April 22, 2016
Idaho Supreme Court Scales Back DUI Law
The Idaho Supreme Court earlier this month rejected the police practice of forcibly drawing blood from motorists suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). In a 4 to 1 decision, the justices agreed that a local sheriff’s deputy should not have forced a blood test on Brant Lee Eversole after his April 16, 2011 arrest.

Thursday, April 21, 2016
2012 Study: Red-Light Cameras Cause Traffic Jams
Local officials attribute many benefits to the use of red-light cameras, but they rarely mention any negative side effects. A 2012 paper by Maryland researchers documented a downside — an increase in congestion at intersections where automated ticketing machines are in use.

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