In this week’s TheNewspaper.com Roundup!
–Ex-Prosecutor busted for using badge to avoid ticket–Oops!–
–Fed Judges uphold ban on WI freeway political signs–
–Lawnmowers are not cars!–
Friday, October 20, 2017
Indiana: Ex-Prosecutor Busted For Using Badge To Avoid Ticket
Indiana police officers have no problem letting speeders continue on their way without a ticket — as long as they have a badge. Brian J. Oberst pushed this courtesy to the limit by displaying a badge he was no longer entitled to use, and the Indiana Court of Appeals last week upheld his conviction for impersonating a public servant.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Wisconsin: Federal Judges Uphold Ban On Freeway Political Signs
Waving flags or political protest signs from a highway overpass is a common sight in many parts of the country, particularly during election season. This form of free speech expression can now be banned as a traffic hazard under a ruling handed down last month by the Seventh Circuit US Court of Appeals
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Washington Supreme Court Clarifies: Lawnmowers Are Not Cars
The increasingly expansive interpretation of drunk-driving laws around the country has applied the definition of “motor vehicle” to anything from horses and scooters to electric wheelchairs. While a Virginia lawnmower rider was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), such charges may now be harder to file in Washington after the state Supreme Court last Thursday declared lawnmowers are not motor vehicles.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Illinois: Lawsuit Challenges Red-Light Camera Trap
A group of motorists are looking to put a stop to a red-light camera trap in Crestwood, Illinois. In a suit recently filed in a Cook County court, the group accused the village of generating $3,170,648 in profit by confusing drivers turning right at the intersection of Cicero Avenue and Cal Sag Road. Motorists are being sent tickets in the mail for “running a red light” in a dedicated right turn lane.
Monday, October 16, 2017
France, Germany, Lativia, Russia: Speed Cameras Disrupted
In Croix-en-Ternois, France, the speed camera on the RD939 was ripped away from the highway and torched in the middle of a field last week Sunday. According to La Voix du Nord, the device had only been in operation for a week.