Roundup: August 24, 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, August 24, 2016
Tennessee Attorney General Reverses Course On Red-Light Cameras
In a blockbuster ruling last month, Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III held that private companies could not review red-light camera images under state law. As every photo ticketing program in the United States outsources ticket review to private contractors, the opinion effectively outlawed camera enforcement in the Volunteer State. On Monday, Slatery backed off after receiving a request from state Senator Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville), a major booster of automated ticketing.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Texas: Failed Toll Road Divvies Up Ownership
The State Highway 130 toll road project, the first of its kind in the Texas, was a failure. The foreign company that owned and operated the route filed for Chapter 11 in March. Now a federal bankruptcy judge will decide who gets to own this infrastructure asset that Cintra, a Spanish company, built almost entirely with borrowed funds. A hearing on the proposed settlement is scheduled for September 21 in the federal bankruptcy court in Austin.

Monday, August 22, 2016
France, Luxembourg, Sweden: Speed Cameras Attacked
In Lipperscheid, Luxembourg, vigilantes took out a speed camera with fireworks last Monday. According to Luxemburger Wort, the automated ticketing machine on the N7 has since been repaired.

Friday, August 19, 2016
Federal Judge Refuses To Dismiss Redflex Bribe Case
US District Judge Virginia M. Kendall did not buy the arguments of the man who took $2,032,959 in red-light camera bribes from Redflex Traffic Systems. In a ruling Tuesday, Judge Kendall denied the motion of former Chicago, Illinois transportation official John Bills to set aside the jury verdict that found him guilty of corruption.

Thursday, August 18, 2016
Texas: Camera Company Lawyer Embraces Ballot Referendum Reform
Texas activists have been blocked several times from using the ballot initiative process to force a public vote on red-light cameras. Now the man most responsible for denying citizens a say insists that he is an ally in the fight to reform the the referendum process in the Lone Star State. Andy Taylor, the lawyer of choice for American Traffic Solutions (ATS) in Texas, testified Monday before the Texas state Senate Intergovernmental Relations committee regarding the need to update the law to remove barriers to ballot initiatives that he skillfully exploited for the benefit of his client, ATS, and municipalities that use cameras.

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