Roundup: October 9, 2017

In this week’s Roundup!

–DC Board Slams Police Search Tactics-

-Buffalo, New York Sued Over Racial Roadblocks-

Canada Study Examines The Safety Impact Of Ending Photo Radar-

Friday, October 6, 2017
Utah Supreme Court Defends Multi-Space Parking Meters
Cities around the country have replaced traditional coin-fed parking meters with “pay and display” style electronic parking meter kiosks. The new devices increase the amount of revenue cities collect, but an attempt by a group of Utah motorists to stop their use in Salt Lake City failed last week before the state’s highest court.

Thursday, October 5, 2017
Canada: Study Examines The Safety Impact Of Ending Photo Radar
Several studies have attempted to examine the effect of speed camera installation on traffic safety, with mixed results. A study released in August decided to look at the question from a different angle, asking what happened when Sherwood Park in Alberta, Canada implemented a partial ban on photo radar

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Buffalo, New York Sued Over Racial Roadblocks
Police in Buffalo, New York have been setting up roadblocks in predominately black neighborhoods, raising the ire of local civil rights groups. On Monday, the Western New York Law Center (WNYLC) and the National Center for Law and Economic Justice (NCLEJ) on Monday sued the city over its refusal to hand over public documents related to the suspicionless search of motorists.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
DC Board Slams Police Search Tactics
Complaints are on the rise in DC over the way Metropolitan Police Department officers have been conducting searches, according to a report released last week from the DC Police Complaints Board. The board’s investigators examined the way “voluntary” searches of cars, persons and homes were handled in light of complaints of harassment, coercion and racial motivation. Three-quarters of the complaints came from black residents, mostly from the sixth and seventh police districts in southeast.

Monday, October 2, 2017
France, Latvia, Saudi Arabia, UK: Speed Cameras Burn
On Thursday, vigilantes set fire to the speed camera on Cannock Road in South Staffordshire, England, the Express and Star newspaper reported. Vigilantes in Ogre, Latvia on Saturday set fire to the speed camera on the A6. According to Delfi, the device was installed two weeks ago. In Hafar Al-Batin, Saudi Arabia, vigilantes on Saturday used red spraypaint to prevent a speed camera from issuing tickets, Al Yaum reported.

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