Roundup: December 18, 2013

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 18, 2013
Missouri Appeals Court Issues Third Condemnation Of Red-Light Cameras
Missouri’s second highest court is once again making up for its past support of automated ticketing machines by issuing the third in a recent series of devastating and unanimous findings that the devices violate state law. On Tuesday, a three-judge Eastern District panel weighed in with a 56-page ruling declaring unconstitutional the first camera ordinance adopted in the Show Me State.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Pennsylvania Lawmaker Lets Traffic Camera Companies Police Themselves
Pennsylvania state Senator Michael J. Stack (D-Philadelphia) is a big fan of traffic camera companies. Last week he introduced legislation enabling any small town in the state to hire a for-profit firm to set up speed cameras on a freeway or heavily trafficked road in return for a cut of the revenue collected. The measure would also put the photo radar companies in charge of verifying that the tickets they issue are accurate.

Monday, December 16, 2013
North Carolina: Cops May Not Grab Driver Looking For Safe Place To Stop
Motorists are frequently told they are allowed to find a safe, well-lit location to pull over when an officer behind activates his lights. Following this advice can often lead to trouble, as even a delay in pulling over of thirty seconds or less can enrage officers. Kenneth Burch and Rainey Hope Crosby found out as they were ripped out of their car at midnight by Fayetteville Police officers because they took a few extra seconds to stop after committing the crime of having a burned out license plate light.

Sunday, December 15, 2013
Australia, France, Italy, The Netherlands, UK: Speed Cameras Attacked
In The Borders, Scotland, vigilantes burned a speed camera at Hiltonshill on the A68 early Friday morning. STV News reports that police have no suspects. In Kidderminster, England, vigilantes set fire to a speed camera on the A449 Wolverhampton road on Monday. According to the Kidderminster Shuttle, a device at the same location was destroyed with a burning tire on September 29.

Friday, December 13, 2013
Saudi Arabia: Speed Cameras Fail To Reduce Accidents
Researchers have concluded red-light cameras and speed cameras failed to reduce deadly accidents in Saudi Arabia. A paper presented last week at the 2013 International Trauma Conference at the King Abdullah International Medical Research Center in Riyadh concluded the devices known as “saher” cannot be responsible for the claimed reductions in fatalities.

Thursday, December 12, 2013
North Carolina Throws Out DUI Case Over Prosecutorial Delay
The North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled last week that a motorist charged with serious driving crimes cannot go for more than three years without a trial. It was on June 26, 2010 that Winston-Salem Police Officer Richard Necessary arrested Steven Glenn Bryan on Jonestown Road for driving without a license while under the influence of alcohol (DUI). His car was impounded.

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