Roundup: August 6, 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 06, 2014
California City Defies Grand Jury Overs Red-Light Cameras
Officials in Marysville, California do not like what they were told by the Yuba County civil grand jury about cleaning up the red-light camera program. On Tuesday the city considered a response to the grand jury report that refuses to accept the panel’s most important recommendations.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Ohio Town Backs Down On Anti-Crime Road Barricades
Officials in Cincinnati, Ohio were tired of seeing prostitutes take over parts of the city. The city council’s solution to the problem was to put up barriers that block off key roads. Although the city recently backed down in the light of a resident revolt, officials released a report Monday trumpeting the blockade’s success.

Monday, August 04, 2014
US Supreme Court To Rule On Cops Who Get Law Wrong
Is a police officer’s traffic stop valid if he is wrong about the law? The US Supreme Court announced it would take up that question when it returns in October to hear the case of Nicholas Brady Heien.

Sunday, August 03, 2014
Belarus, Germany, UK: Speed Cameras Bashed, Burned, Crashed
Four speed cameras were attacked in Mogilev, Belarus in the past week, Hawa Hiba reported. Vigilantes used a rope to pull down one camera. The camera on Mira Prospect was covered in paint. In the Gluhskaya Seliba district, the camera was shot with a rifle. In Chechevichi, vigilantes cut off the camera’s head on Wednesday and took it into the woods where it was burned. Ever since the cameras were installed in the region July 2012, the devices have been routinely spraypainted or covered with trashbags.

Friday, August 01, 2014
Feds Confiscate 40 Land Rovers Over VIN Controversy
Forty Land Rover SUVs have been taken away from owners around the country by armed federal agents descending on private property with overwhelming force. Agents for Homeland Security Investigations last month wrapped up the seizure of forty vehicles pursuant to a sealed warrant issued in May. The agency insists that there were discrepancies with the VIN numbers for cars imported by Aaron Richardet at Patterson Auto Sales in Wilmington, North Carolina, and that the Land Rovers violated Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and US Department of Transportation (DOT) standards.

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Connecticut: Redflex Busted For Impersonating The State Court
The state of Connecticut’s judicial system in January issued a cease-and-desist order to Redflex Traffic Systems after the Australian photo ticketing vendor was caught giving the impression that its tickets and payment website came from the court. Connecticut does not allow red-light cameras or speed cameras, but Redflex uses school buses as photo ticketing platforms in accordance with a law passed in 2011.

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