Roundup: December 16, 2015

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, December 16, 2015
Redflex Updates Investors On Bribery Charges
Redflex Traffic Systems could be on the hook for $383 million in damages in the Chicago, Illinois bribery trial. The Australian firm told investors on Tuesday that it was not just company executives in legal jeopardy. A newly amended federal lawsuit names the corporation as complicit in the false claims, fraud, civil conspiracy and unjust enrichment.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Kansas: Feigned Concern Does Not Justify Traffic Stop
Police must not pretend to “help” motorists in order to write a ticket or make an arrest, the state Court of Appeals said Friday. A three-judge panel used the case of Carlos Eduardo Martinez Morales to send a message to law enforcement by affirming a lower court judge’s decision to set Morales free.

Monday, December 14, 2015
France, Italy: Speed Cameras Painted, Shot, Smashed
In Pistoia, Italy, vigilantes shot the freeway speed camera located near the Europa Bridge. In a press release issued Thursday, the city admitted it had no idea who was responsible. In Riccione, vigilantes smashed the bright orange housings of the speed cameras on the Viale Venezia and the Viale Flaminia. The camera equipment was not installed in the units at the time, Il Resto del Carlino reported. On Friday, December 4, vigilantes in Treville disabled the speed camera on the Via Ca’Rossa. According to La Tribuna di Treviso, holes punched in the device caused 3500 euros (US $3850) in damage.

Friday, December 11, 2015
Tossed Cigarette Goes To Wisconsin Supreme Court
Wisconsin is so serious about combating littering that prosecutors took a case to the state’s highest court involving a cigarette tossed out a car window. Last year, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals did not even bother publishing the decision in which it threw out charges against motorist Daniel S. Iverson, concluding that motorists may only be pulled over for suspicion that they have committed a traffic offense or a crime. Littering does not fall into either category in Wisconsin.

Thursday, December 10, 2015
Michigan Senate Leader Wants Unlimited Tolling Powers
Michigan state Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall (R-White Lake Township) wants every road in his state to be tolled and photo enforced. Legislation he introduced to this effect was heard before the state Senate Commerce Committee on Tuesday. Opponents are calling the measures a Christmas shopping list for the tolling industry.

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