Roundup: December 4, 2017

In this week’s Roundup!

–NMA Takes on Ride Sharing Privacy–

–Smog Checks Pointless with Modern Cars–

–PA Supremes reject idea that looking at GPS is suspicious–

Friday, December 1, 2017
National Motorists Association Takes On Ride Sharing Privacy
The National Motorists Association (NMA) last week warned the US Supreme Court about the potential for court precedent to undermine the rights of passengers using ride-sharing services. The motorist rights group filed a friend of the court brief on an appeal scheduled to be heard on January 9. The Third Circuit US Court of Appeals had previously ruled that someone driving a rental car with permission can be subjected to a warrantless search simply because his name is not on the rental agreement.

Thursday, November 30, 2017
Report Finds Smog Checks Pointless With Modern Cars
Modern engine technology has made regular emissions testing an exercise of dubious value. That was the finding of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) in a report released last month. Researchers compared air quality data from California with the results of inspection station records to conclude that the government-mandated inspection program has had no effect on pollution levels.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rejects Idea That Looking At GPS Is Suspicious
Pulling over to use a GPS navigation system does not constitute reasonable suspicion to conduct a traffic stop. That was the finding of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in a ruling Monday that examined the June 14, 2013 arrest of a woman who had stopped on the shoulder of Interstate 79 to type in a street address.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Duke University Increases Control Over Red-Light Camera Company
Each time a red light ticket is issued in Plano, Texas or Tacoma, Washington, Duke University pockets a slice of the profit. The Australian Securities Exchange announced on Monday that the university’s endowment fund had increased its stake in controversial photo enforcement vendor Redflex Traffic Systems. After picking up an extra 4.2 million shares of the Australian firm’s rapidly falling stock, Duke increased its direct voting power to 13.2 percent.

Monday, November 27, 2017
Bulgaria: Speed Cameras Speared
A speed camera installed on November 15 in Sofia, Bulgaria, was attacked on Thursday with a pickax. The lens of the automated ticketing machine on Botevgradsko Shose was gouged, but the internal machinery survived, Novini reported.

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