In this week’s TheNewspaper.com Roundup!
–San Francisco sues rental car companies over tolling–
–KS Supreme Court declares reclined seat suspicious–
–TX lawmakers balk at RLC Repeal–
Friday, March 17, 2017
California City Sues American Traffic Solutions Over Rental Cars
San Francisco, California believes American Traffic Solutions (ATS) has been defrauding the public. The city earlier this month filed suit against ATS and its business partner, Hertz, over the $24.75 maximum PlatePass “convenience fee” that can be charged to automobile renters who cross the Golden Gate Bridge just once.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Texas Appeals Court Slams Houston For Refusing Camera Document Request
The ten-year battle that led to the end of red-light camera ticketing in Houston, Texas may finally be nearing an end. Wednesday was the deadline for the city to file a challenge to the February 28 Court of Appeals ruling that ordered the city to reimburse civil rights attorney Randall L. Kallinen for expenses he incurred fighting for release of documents related to the city’s now-defunct photo ticketing program.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Kansas Supreme Court Declares Reclined Seats Suspicious
A car with a reclined passenger seat and a torn plastic bag in the center console can be searched by police at any time without a warrant under a divided Kansas Supreme Court ruling issued on Friday. The high court majority concluded that these two factors, taken together, were enough to establish a belief that Cameron Howard was involved in a crime on September 15, 2011, when he was spotted pulling into a gas station in Prairie Village.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Texas Lawmakers Balk At Genuine Red-Light Camera Repeal
Leaders in the Texas state legislature are getting cold feet about outlawing red-light cameras. The issue took center stage during a Senate Transportation Committee meeting Wednesday that heard testimony on a pair of bills that would scale back the use of automated ticketing machines in the Lone Star State. Senate leaders, however, balked at actual red-light camera repeal language that, if allowed to move forward, would endanger the $32 million in revenue the state pockets from municipal camera programs.
Monday, March 13, 2107
France, Italy: Fire, Paint, Kicks Take Down Speed Cameras
In Cavagnolo, Italy, vigilantes last week kicked over the speed camera that had just been installed on the SS590, Torin Oggi reported. According to La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno, the same fate befell all ten speed cameras installed in Cerignola. In San Dona, vigilantes disabled several speed cameras on the Via Calvecchia on Wednesday by covering them with paint, La Nuova di Venezia e Mestre reported. According to Venezia Today, vigilantes in the same town spraypainted a penis onto the speed camera on the Via del Perer on Saturday.