TheNewspaper.com Roundup: May 14, 2018

In this week’s TheNewspaper.com Roundup!

–Dealing with a Disgraced Cam Company–

–FL outlaws license plate frames–

–NH Court strikes down interstate roadblock–

Friday, May 11, 2018
Maryland, Virginia Schools Deal With Disgraced Camera Company
The Federal Bureau of Investigations continues to unravel the corruption scandal that has thus far brought two felony guilty pleas related to the multi-million-dollar school bus camera bribery scandal in Dallas, Texas. In October, FBI agents raided the Dallas office of Force Multiplier Solutions and the home of its CEO, Robert Leonard, gathering evidence of how the firm paid off the head of Dallas County Schools. The goal was to make millions from a deal that instead brought down the entire school system.

Thursday, May 10, 2018
Florida Court Outlaws License Plate Frames
Driving in Florida with a license plate frame is illegal under a state Court of Appeal ruling handed down Wednesday. A three-judge panel overturned a Miami-Dade County judge’s decision declaring that Officer Carl Sanabria illegally stopped Marcelo Aron Pena on September 9, 2015. Pena’s car had a license plate frame advertising the local car dealership that partially obscured “MyFlorida.com” at the top and “Sunshine State” at the bottom.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
New Hampshire Court Strikes Down Interstate Roadblock
The controversial US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) roadblocks set up on an interstate highway in New Hampshire have been found unconstitutional. State Circuit Court Judge Thomas A. Rappa Jr last week ruled in favor of sixteen defendants who challenged the constitutionality of the Interstate 93 checkpoint set up near the town of Woodstock.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Federal Stats Show Alcohol, Seatbelt Use More Relevant Than Speed
Federal traffic fatality data released last week confirm that drinking, shifting demographics and seat belt use are the factors with the greatest impact on road safety. The new data show traffic fatalities continue to fall from the pre-recession peak of 1.46 deaths per hundred million miles traveled in 2005. Last year, the figure was 1.17. The preliminary 2017 number does represent an increase over the all-time low of 1.08 in 2014.

Monday, May 7, 2018
France, Germany, Italy, UK: Speed Cameras Painted, Pummeled
A trio of speed cameras were disabled with blue spraypaint in Jura, France last week. Voix du Jura reported that the devices were located on the RD1083 in Beaufort and Gevingey and on the D905 in Foucherans. Each camera had the initials ZAD added in yellow paint, in addition to an anarchy symbol and a smiley face. On the previous week, the camera on the D52 in Presilly was painted pink. Four cameras were taken out in C’ote D’or. In Dijon, vigilantes smashed the lens of the speed camera on Friday, according to France Bleu. In Chalon-sur-Saone, blue paint took out the automated ticketing machine on the RD974, while yellow paint was used on the cameras in Longeault and Soirans, Le Bien Public reported.

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