Roundup: May 1, 2017

In this week’s Roundup!

–VA Court says parking lot is not a highway–

–SCOTUS spars over a traffic stop–

–MO bill would outlaw tolls–

Friday, April 28, 2017
Virginia Supreme Court Says A Private Parking Lot Is Not A Highway
A divided Virginia Supreme Court majority bucked the trend of courts expanding the reach of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) laws. The high court earlier this month refused to redefine a parking lot as a “highway” to extend the reach of the implied consent law to cover private property.

Thursday, April 27, 2017
US Supreme Court Justices Spar Over Traffic Stop
Justices for the highest court in the nation decided Monday not to hear the case of a motorist who was shot in the back after being pulled over by a police officer. The Supreme Court only selects a handful of appeals each term, but the October 29, 2010 traffic stop that left Ricardo Salazar-Limon paralyzed spurred an unusual written back-and-forth between two sides of the bench.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Missouri Ballot Measure Would Outlaw Toll Roads
Activists in Missouri are out gathering signatures in the hopes of permanently blocking all plans to impose tolls on existing freeways. State lawmakers have been trying for decades to erect toll booths on various routes, most recently securing federal approval to toll Interstate 70 under a deal that is set to expire on December 4. The group A Better Way Forward wants to amend the state constitution to prohibit such deals.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Texas Judge Releases Secret Speed Camera Meeting Video
The public on Monday received a rare glimpse at the closed-door discussions that take place when politicians work with private vendor to set up a speed camera program. Judge Jack Carter, assigned to the 114th Texas District Court, last week ordered release of videos taken during closed-session meetings of the Smith County Commissioners Court. The court agreed with local activist group Grassroots America We The People that the secretive photo radar planning sessions violated state law.

Monday, April 24, 2017
France, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, UK: Speed Cameras Destroyed
A random fire scorched a speed camera in Nottingham, England on Tuesday. According to the Nottingham Post, the blaze started in a garden and soon spread to the automated ticketing machine at Fairfield Avenue in Beeston. On the same day, an intentional attack took place in Plymouth, The Plymouth Herald reported. There, vigilantes set fire to the Budshead Road speed camera at 11am.

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