TheNewspaper.com Roundup: May 28, 2018

In this week’s TheNewspaper.com Roundup!

–Final Report from Australia on Redflex Speed Cam Hack–

–WV Audi finds Bureaucrats Commuting on Taxpayer Dime–

–CA Gas Tax Repeal Efforts Heats Up–

Friday, May 25, 2018
Australia: Final Report Issued On Redflex Speed Camera Hack
The government official responsible for maintaining public confidence in photo enforcement on Thursday released the results of his investigation into last year’s hacking of speed cameras in Victoria, Australia. Speed camera commissioner John Voyage identified a number of problems with the way Redflex Traffic Systems and the state government handled the scandal.

Thursday, May 24, 2018
West Virginia Audit Finds Bureaucrats Commuting On Taxpayer Dime
Hundreds of West Virginia state employees are using taxpayer-funded cars to drive to work and conduct personal errands, a report released Friday by the state’s legislative auditor found. Those employees included state Supreme Court justices who appear to have run afoul of federal tax laws.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
California Gas Tax Repeal Efforts Heats Up
Election officials are sampling signatures in the effort to roll back a massive hike in California’s tax on gasoline. Earlier this month, supporters of the proposed constitutional amendment repealing the gas tax increase submitted over 940,000 signatures — well more than the 585,407 required for a place on the November ballot.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Texas Experiment: Longer Yellow Times Reduced Violations
The city council in Denton, Texas, later today will debate whether to renew a contract with embattled Redflex Traffic Systems of Australia after a test demonstrated an effective alternative to red-light cameras. At the urging of council members, city staff tested the effect of an extra second of yellow warning time for the traffic signal at the corner of West Oak Street and North Carroll Boulevard. The experiment took place in April, and it took no time for the results to become obvious — a 62 percent reduction in red light violations.

Monday, May 21, 2018
France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, UK: Speed Cameras Swiped, Sprayed
Vigilantes in Leibstadt, Switzerland, swiped a mobile speed camera from right under the nose of the police officer “operating” the fully automated device on Rheintalstrasse last week. According to Aargauer Zeitung, the police vehicle was set back, hidden from approaching traffic which also obstructed the officer’s view of the camera.

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