Roundup: September 10, 2018

In this week’s Roundup!

  • NJ Lawmakers reintroduce Anti-Photo Ticketing Bill
  • IIHS Fakes Speed Limit Study Results
  • IA Supremes Split on Speed Cams

Friday, September 7, 2018
New Jersey Lawmakers Reintroduce Anti-Photo Ticketing Bill
A bipartisan group of New Jersey state senators want to protect Garden State motorists from speed cameras and red-light cameras operating in other states. Photo ticketing is no longer legal in the Garden State, so legislation introduced last week by Senators Nick Sacco (D-Bergen), Nick Scutari (D-Middlesex) and Declan O’Scanlon (R-Holmdel) would prevent private companies in other jurisdictions from mailing citations to New Jersey residents. The effort is modeled on a law enacted in South Dakota blocking Iowa cities from targeting South Dakotans.

Thursday, September 6, 2018
IIHS Fakes Speed Limit Study Results
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) boldly proclaimed last week that its new study proved lowering speed limits reduced speeding. The report examined the effect of the speed limit reduction that took effect in Boston, Massachusetts, in January 2017. The National Motorists Association (NMA), a drivers’ advocacy group, says the IIHS is intentionally misleading the public.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Iowa Supreme Court Splits On Speed Cameras
The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday wavered on its automated ticketing position in a trio of decisions. Since 2008, the high court has been unconditional in accepting the use of private, for-profit companies to send tickets in the mail to motorists. Two of Friday’s rulings (Leaf v. Cedar Rapids) and (Behm v. Cedar Rapids), maintained this status quo, but the third (Weizberg v. Des Moines) revived a class action lawsuit against photo ticketing.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018
New Jersey Judicial Commission Takes On Ticketing For Profit
Too many local jurisdictions in New Jersey have been using municipal courts as a source of revenue. That is why state Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner gathered a panel of experts to review what could be done about the problem. The commission’s report, released in July, detailed a system that often unfairly punished low-income motorists.

Monday, September 3, 2018
France: Speed Camera Revolt Intensifies
The French public has not responded well to the nationwide reduction in speed limits that took effect in July. As the number of citations issued by speed cameras has doubled, so too the number of attacks on automated ticketing machines. On Friday, pink spraypaint blinded the speed camera on the RD643 in Aubencheul-au-Bac, La Voix du Nord reported, which was followed by painting the same shade on the camera on the D621 in Lambres-lez-Douai, the same publication noted. According to Centre Presse Aveyron, the speed camera on the RD994 in Mayran was set on fire on Friday. On the border with Italy, Riviera 24 reports that attacks have continued in Val Roya with multiple cameras taken out of service.

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