Roundup: November 26, 2014

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, November 26, 2014
Iowa: Cops May Not Snoop On DUI Consultations With Lawyers
A motorist suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) has the right in Iowa to consult privately with an attorney to decide whether to take a breathalyzer test, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday. The unanimous decision threw out the evidence against David Joseph Hellstern because a police officer eavesdropped on Hellstern’s phone call. Though Hellstern asked for privacy, the officer failed to disclose that private in-person attorney consultations are permitted under state law.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Saudi Arabia: Speed Cameras Cause Accidents
Speed cameras played a central role in a pair of recent, high-profile accidents in Saudi Arabia. At the beginning of the month, a dozen vehicles crashed into one another in Qassim after a motorist saw a speed camera, panicked and jammed the brake pedal to the floor. Four people were injured as one car slammed into the next. One man was hospitalized.

Monday, November 24, 2014
Ireland: Speed Camera Firm Fined For Worker Discrimination
Photo enforcement companies are finding themselves in increasingly hot water over their labor practices. The state of California has fined Redflex and American Traffic Solutions for underpaying its employees. A multimillion-dollar lawsuit is pending over poor pay and work conditions. The US Department of Labor ruled that Redflex fired US employees so that it could replace them with cheaper Australian workers. Now the Irish government has ruled that a speed camera consortium discriminated against an employee.

Sunday, November 23, 2014
Italy, The Netherlands: Traffic Cameras Under Attack
Vigilantes in the village of Loosdrecht, The Netherlands disabled a pair of newly installed speed cameras on Friday. The automated ticketing machines were spraypainted red, RTV Utrecht reported.

Friday, November 21, 2014
Illinois Supreme Court Punts On Red-Light Camera Legality
Red-light camera programs have grown so controversial in Illinois that the state Supreme Court could not come to agreement on whether the automated ticketing program in Chicago is legal or not. The justices deadlocked on the case brought by Patrick J. Keating, who argued that the people ticketed in the Windy City before the state legislature authorized the program are entitled to a refund in a class action suit.

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Ohio Senate Votes To Save Speed Cameras
Ohio state senators are looking to deflect an attempt by the state House to ban red-light cameras and speed cameras. On Wednesday, the Senate voted 24 to 9 in favor of a measure that allows members to vote “against” automated ticketing machines without actually banning their use.

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