TheNewspaper.com Roundup: February 27, 2017

In this week’s TheNewspaper.com Roundup!

-Iowa Court defends speed cams–

-Emissions restrictions did nothing in Mexico City–

-Class action against AL RLC–

Friday, February 24, 2017
Iowa Appeals Court Defends Speed Cameras
Photo radar has some big fans at the Iowa Appeals Court. A three-judge panel on Wednesday tossed a class action suit against speed camera use in Cedar Rapids and, in a separate case, the same panel upheld the principles behind the city’s automated ticketing program. At issue were the $75 tickets issued by the Swedish firm Sensys Gatso on Interstate 380, where the high-speed route passes through city limits.

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Study: Automobile Restrictions Did Nothing To Improve Air Quality
To improve the air quality in Mexico’s smog-choked capital city, the government imposed sweeping restrictions on the use of automobiles in 1989. The rules forbid use of vehicles on certain days of the week based on license plate numbers. A study published earlier this month in the journal Nature found that these measures had “virtually no discernible effect on pollution levels.”

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Class Action Lawsuit Takes On Alabama Red-Light Cameras
Officials in Phenix City, Alabama were served with a federal lawsuit last week claiming the city’s red-light cameras are violating the civil rights of motorists passing through the town. The suit focuses on what a driver can do in response to a ticket received in the mail from Redflex Traffic Systems, the Australian firm that has been issuing tickets at three intersections since 2013.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Tennessee Lawmaker Renews Fight Against Traffic Cameras
Tennessee state Representative Andy Holt (R-Dresden) knows it will be tough this year to beat the entrenched interests protecting the photo enforcement industry in his state. Past attempts to ban the use of automated ticketing outright have been blocked by lobbyists for Volunteer State municipalities and photo enforcement companies. Holt has decided to get creative this session to deal with what he sees as an unconstitutional arrangement.

Monday, February 20, 2017
Australia, France, UK: Speed Cameras Tumbled, Tired
A speed camera in Perth, Australia did nothing to stop a car thief from causing an accident last Tuesday. According to WA Today, the 37-year-old man behind the wheel of a Holden Commodore was on the run from police when he hit another vehicle before careening into the speed camera at the intersection of Riseley Street and Marmion Street in Booragoon. In Victoria, vigilantes set fire to the speed camera on Loders Road in Moorooduc on Wednesday, 3AW Radio reported.

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