Roundup: August 31, 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 31, 2016
Redflex Slows Its Financial Losses
Redflex Traffic Systems has hit hard times, with its former top executives and employees facing serious prison time for fraud. The Australian company reported some good news today as it only lost $4.7 million last year, compared to the $31.9 million in red ink racked up in 2015.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Redflex Lobbyist Jailed, Bribe Taker Sentenced
John P. Raphael became the first participant in the unfolding red-light camera scandal to be put behind bars last week. The 61-year-old lobbyist for Redflex Traffic Systems of Australia on Thursday began serving his sentence at Williamsburg Federal Correctional Institute in Salter, South Carolina wearing a jumpsuit stamped with his new identity, prisoner number 73379-061.

Monday, August 29, 2016
France, Germany, Italy: Speed Cameras Trashed, Torched
In Saint-Etienne-de-Valoux, France, vigilantes on Friday tagged the speed camera on the RD82 with spraypaint, according to Le Dauphine. After this, they shoved a large trash can into the camera housing. In Cametours, vigilantes covered the speed camera on the RD972 with white spraypaint, Ouest France reported.

Friday, August 26, 2016
Appellate Court Rules Colorado Plates Not Suspicious
Federal judges on Tuesday slammed Kansas police officers for pulling over motorists from Colorado solely because that state legalized marijuana. The Tenth Circuit US Court of Appeals came to that conclusion after reviewing the conduct of Kansas Highway Patrol Officers Richard Jimerson and Dax Lewis.

Thursday, August 25, 2016
Texas: Dashcam Video Undermines Police Account Of Traffic Stop
Police officers rarely have their testimony questioned in the courtroom. That was not the case in the federal courthouse in Amarillo, Texas on Friday as a judge ordered all charges dropped against a motorist accused of an unsafe lane change after a police officer’s testimony was found to be inconsistent with video evidence.

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