TheNewspaper.com Roundup: February 5, 2018

In this week’s TheNewspaper.com Roundup!

–Federal Judge upholds Warrantless License Plate Tracking–

–NHTSA says Fed Law requires Ticket Quotas–

Friday, February 2, 2018
Federal Judge Upholds Warrantless License Plate Tracking
The courts place limits on the ability of police to monitor motorists through GPS devices, but officers can now obtain an even more detailed travel history report on every driver in an area using license plate cameras (ALPR, also known as ANPR in Europe). Under a federal court ruling last week, no warrant is needed to conduct a large scale surveillance operation with ALPR.

Thursday, February 1, 2018
Ireland: Motorists Receiving License Points For Not Checking Tire Pressure
Irish motorists face higher insurance premiums, potential loss of license and a 80 euro (US $100) ticket if they hit the road without first checking the pressure of all four tires. Ireland’s traffic code has long banned the use of “unsuitable” tires that are excessively worn or otherwise damaged. The rules make reference to the need to maintain an appropriate tire pressure.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Redflex Bribery Architect To Have A Hearing On Appeal
The former executive vice president of Redflex Traffic Systems is not backing down on his bid to personally profit from the red-light camera bribery scheme he once led. The Seventh Circuit US Court of Appeals will hear Aaron M. Rosenberg make his case in oral arguments next month.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
NHTSA Says Federal Law Requires Ticket Quotas
Federal regulators are refusing to budge when it comes to requiring local police forces to use ticket quotas. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Thursday finalized the procedures local police departments use to receive their share of $450 million in traffic safety grants paid for by the federal tax on gasoline. In response to complaints from the National Motorists Association (NMA), the agency claimed it was powerless to change the way it allocated the funds.

Monday, January 29, 2018
France, Italy: Speed Cameras Destroyed In Protest
The French government’s decision to lower the speed limit on departmental roads from 90 km/h (56 MPH) to 80 km/h (50 MPH) on July 1 has sparked a nationwide backlash. Dozens of speed cameras were burned, spraypainted or covered in protest last week. Vigilantes began by torching three speed cameras in the Rhone-Alpes region. According to Le Dauphine, the devices had been located on the A7, RD820 and RN7. The phrase “90 km/h” was scrawled on the nearby highway, leaving no doubt about the motive behind the attack. Cameras in Cheix and Riom were also taken out of service, La Montagne reported. Both devices are currently covered by black plastic bags. In total, seven speed cameras across Drome, Isere and Ardeche were disabled, according to 13 Or.

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