Roundup: June 15, 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, June 15, 2016
Ohio: Xerox Lawsuit Over Canceled Speed Camera Contract Heats Up
A Fortune 500 firm calling Cleveland, Ohio a scofflaw for failing to pay over $9 million in speed camera fees. Xerox made its case earlier this month to US District Court Judge Dan Aaron Polster, who must decide whether city officials are on the hook for inking a four-year photo enforcement less than a year before Cleveland voters revolted and ordered the cameras taken down. Xerox is now suing the city to recover the money it invested in a massive camera expansion and upgrade in 2013.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
New Hampshire Backs Down On Driver Privacy
New Hampshire once had the strongest protections in the nation for the privacy of its drivers. State officials were explicitly prohibited from participating in any way with national licensing databases, and neither photo enforcement nor automated license plate readers (ALPR, also known as ANPR) could be used, with the exception of license plate readers on toll roads. Governor Maggie Hassan (D) set a different course last month as she signed legislation eliminating these protections.

Monday, June 13, 2016
Arizona, France, Saudi Arabia: Speed Cameras Under Attack
In Phoenix, Arizona, a man swiped a photo radar van on June 2. The automated device had been issuing tickets on Indian School Road when a man smashed the van’s window and drove away with the unattended ticketing vehicle. Police have charged Pedro Rodriguez Flores Jr, 39, with the theft.

Friday, June 10, 2016
Texas Appeals Court Rejects Challenge To Implied Consent Law
Requiring motorists to undergo a breath test at a police officer’s request does not offend due process or the constitution, according to a ruling handed down last week by the Texas Court of Appeals. A three-judge panel weighed five arguments John Andrew Rankin posed in a failed attempt to strike down the state’s implied consent statute.

Thursday, June 9, 2016
Redflex Lobbyist Sentenced In Ohio Bribery Scandal
US District Court Judge Michael H. Watson on Wednesday sentenced former Redflex lobbyist John P. Raphael to one year and three months in prison and a $5100 fine for his role in a bribery scheme in Cleveland and Cincinnati, Ohio. Raphael only admitted guilt to extorting the money from Redflex, and the government never attempted to prove the money Raphael gave to local politicians on behalf of Redflex was a bribe. Rapahel’s attorney, S. Michael Miller, had used this fact to push for the lighter sentence. Since his client was charged with a lesser crime than the other Redflex co-conspirators, Miller insisted, the court should go easy on Raphael.

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