Roundup: January 15, 2018

In this week’s Roundup!

–NM Supremes uphold the exaggerating cop–

–Ft.Worth wants to ban Red-Light Cameras–

–UK Gov wants speed cam friendly license plates—

Friday, January 12, 2018
New Mexico Supreme Court Upholds Exaggerating Cop
A police officer’s exaggerated testimony can still be used to convict a motorist of a traffic offense, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled last week. The justices overruled a three-judge panel of state Court of Appeals that had previously tossed the evidence gathered by Bloomfield Police Sergeant George Rascon, whose description of events of November 11, 2008, failed to match what the judges saw from dashboard camera footage. Sergeant Rascon said motorist Jennifer Martinez raced to the intersection of Sycamore and North Third.

Thursday, January 11, 2018
Effort To Ban Red-Light Cameras Begins In Ft Worth, Texas
A group of activists on Wednesday evening kicked off an effort to make Fort Worth the eighth Texas city where voters outlaw the use of red-light cameras. Kelly Canon, leader of the successful anti-camera ballot drive in neighboring Arlington two years ago, gave volunteers an idea of what to expect when collecting the signatures needed to give voters a say in whether cameras are used in the city or not.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
UK Government Wants Speed Camera Friendly License Plates
The UK government is pushing for a redesign of license plates so that machines like speed cameras can read them more easily. Surveillance Camera Commissioner Tony Porter introduced the recommendation Monday in his annual report on the £2.2 billion (US $3 billion) spy camera industry. While he did call for more transparency regarding the use of automatic number plate recognition (ANPR, known as ALPR in the US), his ultimate recommendation would expand their capabilities significantly.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Texas: Guilty Plea In School Bus Camera Bribery Scam
Just two days after Christmas, real estate broker Slater Washburn Swartwood Sr admitted his involvement in a multimillion-dollar bribery scam involving school bus ticket camera firm Force Multiplier Solutions and the Dallas County Schools (DCS). After tendering a guilty plea to the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Swartwood faces up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine for conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Monday, January 8, 2018
New Mexico, France, Italy: Speed Cameras Taken Out In The New Year
A speed camera van in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, burst into flames on Nicholas Street on Thursday, KRQE-TV reported. While vigilantes have attacked the device in the past — one was spraypainted with phalluses in April — officials have not ruled out spontaneous combustion, which is common to photo radar devices. In Romania, a van caught fire in 2013. In 2010, a camera in Fruitland, Maryland burned itself. Similarly, a camera car burned down a police garage in Colmar, France destroying seventeen patrol vehicles. A photo radar van in North Wales, UK caught fire. A speed camera vehicle in Mount Carmel, Tennessee caught fire and burned down a barn.

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