Roundup: February 24, 2016

Each Wednesday, we’ll publish quick summaries of the articles from the last week on We’re doing this because these articles are often strongly connected to the issues that National Motorists Association members are interested in.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Federal Court Declares Indiana Texting Law Useless
Looking down at your phone while driving in Indiana is no longer a crime. The Seventh Circuit US Court of Appeals set that precedent last week in dismissing charges against Gregorio Paniagua-Garcia, a man who glanced at his phone while behind the wheel on September 27, 2014. Under Indiana law, it is unlawful to use a cell phone to type, send or read a text message or e-mail while driving. All other uses of the phone are perfectly acceptable.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Florida Court Nullifies Red-Light Camera Ticket
American Traffic Solutions (ATS) has too much control over traffic tickets in Orlando, Florida. That was the conclusion last week of a unanimous three-judge appellate panel of the Orange County Circuit Court in overturning the citation issued by a for-profit Arizona company to Kelli B. Hastings.

Monday, February 22, 2016
France, Saudi Arabia: Speed Camera Destroys Itself
Vigilantes in Lyon, France celebrated Valentine’s Day by decorating ten speed cameras with trash bags and a large cardboard heart labeled “GAZ.” The automated ticketing machines so disabled were located on Boulevard Chambaud de Bruyere, Quai Gailleton, Boulevard Stalingrad and Cours Emile Zola in Villeurbanne, Boulevard de l’Europe in Pierre Benite and Nationale 6. The group Federation francaise des motards en colere du Rhone (FFMC 69) took credit.

Friday, February 19, 2016
Redflex Stock Takes A Tumble
Investors are wary about investing in a photo enforcement company facing potential liquidation. Shares of Redflex Traffic Systems in the past few days tumbled to 25 cents a share on the Australian Securities Exchange on Tuesday, dragging the troubled firm’s market capitalization below $28 million.

Thursday, February 18, 2016
Report Shows Washington Toll Road Caused Congestion
The failure of tolling to reduce congestion has become a political hot potato in Washington state. On Tuesday, Governor Jay Inslee (D) responded to an independent report that found the conversion of free lanes into high occupancy toll lanes on Interstate 405 has made commuting significantly more difficult.

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