Roundup: July 2, 2018

In this week’s Roundup!

–IN Court–Must have evidence of speeding to pull someone over for speeding–

–Snapchat Speeder Lawsuit gets a slapdown in GA–

–MD study shows how cam studies are gamed by researchers–

Friday, June 29, 2018
Indiana Court: Cops May Not Pull Someone Over For Appearing To Speed
Indiana prosecutors were desperate to set the precedent that a cop’s word that a car appeared to be speeding was good enough to conduct and sustain a traffic stop. State attorney general Curtis T. Hill Jr advanced the position using the case of Zachariah Marshall, only to see the attempt backfire last week as the state Court of Appeals rejected the reasoning offered by the state’s top law enforcement official.

Thursday, June 28, 2018
Georgia Court Slaps Down Snapchat Speeder Lawsuit
The Snapchat user who allegedly slammed into a motorist at 100 MPH will not be able to sue her victim’s lawyer for defamation. The Georgia Court of Appeals last week used an anti-strategic lawsuit against public participation (anti-SLAPP) law to toss a lawsuit against attorney Michael Lawson Neff. Neff wrote a blog post criticizing the Snapchat Speed Filter after his client, Wentworth Maynard, suffered brain damage when Christal McGee’s 2005 Mercedes C230 slammed into his 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander on September 10, 2015.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Maryland DOT Study Shows How Camera Studies Are Gamed
Red-light camera programs generate millions for local governments that, in turn, commission studies to bolster the case for their continued use. A study released last week by the Maryland Department of Transportation highlights the dramatic impact that have on the reported results.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
American Traffic Solutions Goes Public
The largest US operator of red-light cameras and speed cameras will soon become part of a publicly listed company. Gores Holding II announced last week it would merge with the automated ticketing company formerly known as American Traffic Solutions (ATS). Upon the deal’s closing, the new combined entity, Verra Mobility, will be a publicly listed on the Nasdaq.

Monday, June 25, 2018
France, Italy: Speed Cameras Spraypainted, Stoned
In Montain, France, on Saturday, vigilantes used black spraypaint to disable the frequently attacked speed camera on the D70, marking the thirteenth such attack in the Jura region since last month, Le Progres reported. In Belfort, the speed camera was wrapped in a trash bag on Saturday, according to L’Est Republicain. The same fate befell the automated ticketing machine on the CD945 in Mazerolles last week, La Republique des Pyrenees reported. Back spraypaint disabled the photo radar unit on the RD619 in Saint Lye, according to L’Est-eclair. The same shade took out the speed camera in Berles-Monchel on Tuesday, La Voix du Nord reported. Silver paint was used on the camera issuing tickets on the RD988 in Les Mazures last week Sunday, according to L’Ardennais. Gold paint graced the lenses of the speed camera on the RN88 in Le Puy-en-Velay, Le Progres reported. Orange was the color of choice for the speed camera on the RD977 in Cheveuges on Friday, according to Radio 8. A pair of cameras on the RN66 and RD466 in Wittelsheim were covered with black paint, L’Alsace reported.

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