Roundup: March 12, 2018

In this week’s Roundup!

–Louisiana Ticket Quota caught on Tape–

–GA County lines not a safe from traffic stops–

–MD passes minor speed cam reform–

Friday, March 9, 2018
Louisiana Ticket Quota Caught On Tape
Police officials nearly always insist that ticket quotas are a myth. The denials, however, did not hold up in Gretna, Louisiana, where former Officer Daniel Swear produced a set of audio recordings in which his superiors told him in no uncertain terms that he had to step up the production of tickets solely for revenue purposes.

Thursday, March 8, 2018
Georgia: County Lines Are Not A Safe Haven From Traffic Stops
Contrary to what is sometimes seen on television, it is not always possible to escape a traffic stop by driving over the county line. The Georgia Court of Appeals made this point last month in a ruling that overturned a lower court judge’s overly limited interpretation of police jurisdiction.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
New Rule Makes Electric Cars Beep
One of the distinct benefits of electric automobiles — the quiet ride — is about to disappear. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) last week rejected requests to reconsider new rules requiring hybrid and electric vehicles to make more noise while moving, or while stopped at traffic lights. In 2011, President Obama signed a bill directing the agency to come up with details for how to implement the idea.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Maryland House Passes Minor Speed Camera Reform
Members of Maryland’s House of Delegates have proposed sweeping reforms for the state’s troubled speed camera programs this session. Last week, lawmakers chose to advance only the most minor of adjustment to existing practices. The House on Thursday gave a unanimous nod to House Bill 204, a measure that in its original form would have mandated yellow times last a minimum of 4 seconds at intersections with red-light cameras.

Monday, March 5, 2018
Australia, France, Italy, Japan, Saudi Arabia, UK: Speed Cameras Thwarted
An Australian comedian posted a video gone viral of a speed camera foiled by a towel. The video released on Instagram and Facebook last week Monday showed “Demerit Man” approach a mobile speed camera car in Tamworth, New South Wales. Wearing shorts, a tank top and a “photo-proof beer box hat,” the man quickly attached the towel to the back of the photo radar van, rendering it incapable of issuing tickets.

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