Roundup: August 20, 2014

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, August 20, 2014
Two Ohio Cities To Vote On Traffic Camera Bans
Red-light cameras and speed cameras have been put to a vote at the ballot box in eight Ohio towns, more than anywhere else in the nation. Residents of Cleveland and Maple Heights on Monday submitted petitions to raise that figure to ten.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Appeals Court Orders More Prison Time For Cop Who Beat Motorist
Twenty months in jail is nowhere near sufficient punishment for an Iowa cop who brutally beat a motorist, the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled on Thursday. Des Moines Police Officer Mersed Dautovic had been convicted of assaulting Octavius Bonds with a baton during a September 12, 2008 traffic stop.

Monday, August 18, 2014
New Mexico Sheriff Busted Over Brutal Road Rage Traffic Stop
A road rage incident could put the top law enforcement officer in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico behind bars. Federal prosecutors on Friday charged Sheriff Thomas R. Rodella with civil rights violations, brandishing a firearm and falsifying documents related to a March 11 traffic stop of Michael Tafoya on Highway 399.

Sunday, August 17, 2014
Estonia, France: Speed Cameras Spraypainted, Burned
In Vaana-Jyesuu, Estonia, vigilantes disabled a speed camera last week Sunday. According to the Posttimees, white spraypaint covered the automated ticketing machine’s lenses, marking the fourth time since August that a speed camera has been damaged in the area.

Friday, August 15, 2014
Redflex Unlawful Termination Lawsuit Kicked Back To State Court
After wasting months of the federal court’s time, Redflex and the Australian firm’s former executive vice president returned Thursday morning to the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Los Angeles, California to provide Superior Court Judge Susan Bryant-Deason with an update on their unlawful termination dispute.

Thursday, August 14, 2014
Redflex Officials Charged With Bribery, Fraud, Conspiracy
The former head of US operations for Redflex Traffic Systems was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury. Karen Finley, 54, was charged with nine counts of mail fraud, three counts of wire fraud, three counts of bribery and one count of conspiracy to use bribes to win and expand a lucrative red-light camera contract with Chicago, Illinois worth $124 million.

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