TheNewspaper.com Roundup: July 17, 2017

In this week’s TheNewspaper.com Roundup!

–PA dawdling motorist gets reprieve–

–FL Car rentals have to tell–

–Study says bias in traffic stops–who knew?–

Friday, July 14, 2017
Pennsylvania Court Overturns Fine For Dawdling Motorists
Pennsylvania’s dawdling motorists and left-lane bandits now have less need to worry about ever being pulled over. A three-judge appellate panel on Tuesday sent a message to law enforcement by overturning the conviction of a 62-year-old man who was fined for driving 17 MPH below the speed limit on an lightly traveled interstate.

Thursday, July 13, 2107
Florida: Car Rental Companies Settle Deceptive Toll Fee Complaint
Car rental companies in Florida have been surprising out-of-state travelers with massive toll-related bills. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi on Wednesday announced a settlement that will force Avis, Budget and Payless to stop hiding the daily fee the companies have been charging renters who find themselves on a cashless toll road.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Research Paper Quantifies Bias In Traffic Stops And Searches
Motorists are statistically more likely to be searched during a traffic stop if they are black or Hispanic. That was the finding of a working paper released last month by researchers with Stanford University’s Open Policing Project.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Federal Stats Overstate Role Of Speeding In Fatal Crashes
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) last week released the agency’s latest analysis of speeding-related traffic fatalities in the United States. While the document concludes that speeding was a factor in 27 percent of fatal traffic collisions, a closer look at the underlying data show that only one-fourth of these “speeders” were actually exceeding the posted limit.

Monday, July 10, 2017
Belgium, France, Latvia, Russia: Speed Cameras Scorched, Swiped, Sprayed
Vigilantes in Jurmala, Latvia torched a speed camera on Tuesday. According to the state police, several tires placed around the base of the device were set on fire. Vigilantes in Leningrad, Russia, grabbed a mobile speed camera from the side of the M-10 highway in the Tosno district last week Monday, Neva Today reported.

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