Roundup: July 23, 2018

In this week’s Roundup!

–DC Report finds racial bias in Speed Cam Use–

–RLC Challenge heads to Texas Supremes–

–Aurora, CO Voters decide fate of Photo Radar in November–

Friday, July 20, 2018
DC Report Finds Racial Bias In Speed Camera Use
Speed cameras in the nation’s capital are overwhelmingly placed in minority neighborhoods according to a study released earlier this month by the DC Policy Center, a non-partisan think tank. Analyst William Farrell used Census Bureau data to determine the racial makeup of the sections of Washington, DC where cameras have been installed. He then compared this information with the geographic distribution of speed camera tickets and the amount of fine revenue collected in 2016.

Thursday, July 19, 2018
Red-Light Camera Challenge Heads To Texas Supremes
The nine justices of the Texas Supreme Court have the opportunity to decide whether the cities that use red-light camera have to follow the law or not. Attorney Russell J. Bowman is asking the high court to overturn last month’s Court of Appeals decision that gave a free pass to the city of Richardson for its failure to conduct a formal engineering study before handing Redflex Traffic Systems of Australia the right to issue $75 traffic tickets at intersections.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Aurora, Colorado Voters To Decide Photo Radar Fate
Voters in Aurora, Colorado, will head to the ballot box on November 6 to decide whether the use of red-light cameras should come to an end. The city council last month voted 9 to 1 to hand the ultimate decision to the public in a referendum introduced by the new mayor, Bob LeGare. His language puts the question simply to the electorate.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Cities Play games with Ohio Speed Camera Law
A number of Ohio cities are defying a law meant to impose restraint on the speed camera usage in the state. The General Assembly in 2015 enacted House Bill 64, which ordered all towns that use speed cameras to submit a report to the state auditor certifying their compliance or non-compliance with a number of minor limitations on camera usage. Three cities — Dayton, East Cleveland and Toledo — have refused to abide by the reporting requirements that became effective on July 31, 2015.

Monday, July 16, 2018
France, Italy, Zambia: Speed Cameras Trashed
In Buttigliera d’Asti, Italy, vigilantes knocked over four of the small town’s six bright orange “Velo OK” brand speed cameras, Torino Repubblica reported. In Sora, an explosive device was used to blast a speed camera on the highway to Ferentino, leaving debris strewn across several feet on the roadway. According to Ciociaria Editoriale Oggi, the vigilantes took the device’s internal electronic hardware. In Lusaka, Zambia, the speed camera on the Great East Road went missing last week. According to Zambia Reports, some have suspected police officers may have taken the automated ticketing machine in order to preserve their jobs.

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