Roundup: May 4, 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, May 4, 2016
Arizona DPS Grants Licenses To Photo Ticketing Companies
Red-light cameras and speed cameras stopped flashing over a month in Arizona after a surprise opinion from Attorney General Mark Brnovich said photo ticket vendors could not legally operate without private investigator licenses. Because the state’s two main vendors, American Traffic Solutions (ATS) and Redflex Traffic Systems of Australia were operating without a license, the programs came to a halt. That did not sit well with Arizona Department of Public Safety Director Frank Milstead, who stepped in to issue agency licenses to both firms last week.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Colorado General Assembly Passes Photo Ticketing Ban Again
Colorado’s General Assembly is once again daring Governor John Hickenlooper (D) to use his veto pen to save red-light cameras and speed cameras. On Friday, the state House on a 38 to 27 vote approved a largely symbolic measure that would outlaw automated ticketing machines. The bill cleared the state Senate on a 23 to 12 vote.

Monday, May 2, 2016
Italy: Speed Camera Spraypainted
In Martellago, Italy, vigilantes disabled the speed camera on the Via Selvanese last week Saturday. According to La Nuova Venezia e Mestre, the lens of the device was spraypainted black. Several camereas throughout the area have been similarly disabled over the past few weeks.

Friday, April 29, 2016
More Sentencing Delays In Redflex Corruption Trial
The wheels of justice continue to turn slowly in the Redflex bribery scandal. John Bills, the former Chicago, Illinois deputy transportation commissioner who took bribes from the Australian company is now receiving “mental health counseling” as he awaits sentencing. On Monday, Bills, 55, returned from Naples, Florida where he attended a wedding over the weekend.

Thursday, April 28, 2016
US Supreme Court To Decide On DUI Laws
The ways drunk driving laws are handled nationwide may fundamentally change soon. The US Supreme Court last week heard oral arguments in a pair of cases to decide whether laws in North Dakota and Minnesota that make it a crime for motorists to refuse to take a breathalyzer, urine or blood test violate the US Constitution.

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