Roundup: October 16, 2017

In this week’s Roundup!

–SeaTac, WA dumps RLCs–

–Anti-Supercar Policty Reversed–

–Redflex loses in a Texas slapdown–

Friday, October 13, 2017
Ohio Supreme Court Clears Strip Club In Drunk Stripper Accident
A stripper’s place of business cannot be held liable for her after-hours drunk driving crash, the Ohio Supreme Court held in a ruling issued last month. A majority of high court justices cleared the Dayton strip club The Living Room from having to pay the $2.9 million judgment for the damages caused after stripper Mary Montgomery left the club drunk and high on July 4, 2010.

Thursday, October 12, 2017
SeaTac, Washington Dumps Red-Light Cameras
City leaders in SeaTac, Washington were worried about doing business with Redflex Traffic Systems, a firm whose top executives were convicted of bribery. To avoid being associated with the Australian firm’s “business practices,” The staff decided to go through the process of drafting a new red-light camera agreement with American Traffic Solutions (ATS) to keep the lucrative program going. When it came time to ratify the deal on Tuesday, however, the council surprised the staff by deciding 4 to 3 to reverse course and pull the plug on the cameras for good.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Trump Administration Reverses Anti-Supercar Policy
Federal regulators have had a chilly relationship with automobile enthusiasts over the past eight years. Last year, for example, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed a rule that industry watchers warned would devastate the $36 billion automotive aftermarket. On Tuesday, NHTSA held out an olive branch by allowing the importation of supercars that would otherwise be banned on technicalities.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Texas Appeals Court Slaps Down Redflex In Class Action Suit
A Louisiana motorist who received a $75 red-light camera ticket in the mail from a Texas town while he was 200 miles away will now be allowed to proceed with a $130 million class action lawsuit. James H. Watson is charging Redflex Traffic Systems, Southlake’s red-light camera vendor, with fraud. The Texas Court of Appeals on Thursday smacked down the attempt of the Australian firm to dismiss the suit on free speech grounds.

Monday, October 9, 2017
France, French Guiana, Germany: Speed Cameras Bent, Painted
In Rhein-Erft-Kreis, Germany on Friday, the traffic camera on Aachener Strasse was nearly knocked over. With the device pointed toward the sky, no automated tickets are being issued on the road. Local police report that they have no idea who might be responsible.

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