Roundup: August 31, 2011

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 31, 2011
California: Traffic Camera Firm Shakes Down City

Redflex Traffic Systems announced to its Australian shareholders last week that it continues to adjust contract language, boosting the penalties for cities that turn their back on photo ticketing. Just such language has hit in San Bernardino, California where rival photo ticketing firm American Traffic Solutions (ATS) is threatening to impose an extra $1,896,202 fee to punish the city council for attempting to get out of the contract in March.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
California: Court Blasts Beatdown Over Seat Belt Infraction

A federal appellate court ruled Friday that the pepper spraying and beating of a black motorist who did not wear his seat belt constituted excessive force.

Monday, August 29, 2011
Another California City Joins Red Light Camera Revolt

A fourth city in Orange County, California is poised to outlaw the use of red light cameras. Earlier this month the Laguna Niguel city council voted 4-1 on first reading of a measure that would prohibit the use of automated ticketing machines in the future — the city has never allowed camera vendors to operate on its streets.

Sunday, August 28, 2011
Saudi Arabia: Photo of Burning Speed Camera Popular Online

Speed cameras meet opposition from public and influential leaders in Saudi Arabia.

Friday, August 26, 2011
Kentucky: Federal Court Allows Suit Against Cop Who Rammed Motorcyclist

The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Monday allowed a lawsuit to proceed against a police officer who rammed and killed a motorcyclist who did not stop to receive a speeding ticket.

Thursday, August 25, 2011
Houston, Texas Pulls Plug on Red Light Camera Program

The long battle over the red light camera program in Houston, Texas has ended. The city council voted 14-1 to repeal the ordinance that granted American Traffic Solutions (ATS) the right to issue automated tickets at fifty intersections throughout the country’s fourth largest city.

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