TheNewspaper.com Roundup: December 12, 2016

In this week’s TheNewspaper.com Roundup!

–License Plate Tracking Legal in VA

–Quebec Strikes down Speed Cams

–More Sun Visor Stickers in your future

Friday, December 9, 2016
Washington Appeals Court Convicts Kiddie Pool Motorcyclist
Washington state’s second highest court on Tuesday upheld the conviction of a speeding motorcyclist who attempted to get away from police by hiding his vehicle under a children’s swimming pool. At around 8 in the morning on July 21, 2014, Guy Milton Sample III was riding on a silver motorcycle with his wife on State Route 507 in Roy. A local police officer, Tillman Atkins, saw an opportunity to write a traffic citation.

Thursday, December 8, 2016
Virginia Court Says License Plate Tracking Is Legal
There are no limits on a private individual or government agency that seeks to track Virginia motorists by photographing their license plates and storing the information in a database. That was the ruling last month of a Fairfax County Circuit Court judge who rejected the contention that automated license plate readers (ALPR or ANPR in Europe) violate state data protection laws.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Quebec, Canada Court Strikes Down Speed Camera Program
Last week’s decision by a Quebec, Canada court is throwing the province’s speed camera program into disarray. Presiding Justice of the Peace Serge Cimon tossed the $1160 ticket that had been mailed to Maria Carmela Bove after a camera accused her of traveling at 141km/h (88 MPH) in a 70km/h (44 MPH) zone on May 3, 2014.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
US Transportation Department Wants More Sun Visor Stickers
Sun visors on new cars may soon be covered with even more unremovable government warning stickers. The Obama administration last week took the first step in mandating that another sticker appear alongside existing airbag warning notices. Under the proposed rule, passenger sun visors must advertise the website for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and invite motorists to file safety-related complaints.

Monday, December 5, 2016
France: Speed Cameras Torched, Blinded
On Saturday, vigilantes disabled the speed camera in Cluny, France by covering its lenses with white spraypaint, according to Le Journal de Saone-et-Loire. In Mouaze, vigilantes used a burning tire to destroy the speed camera on the RD175 last week Monday, 20 Minutes reported. At around the same time, the mobile speed camera on the RD61 between Lunel and Grande-Motte burned to the ground. According to Metropolitain, police have no idea who might be responsible. At around 8:30pm on the same day, vigilantes burned the speed camera on the D1029 near Origny Sainte Benoite, Aisne Nouvelle reported.

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