TheNewspaper.com Roundup: December 19, 2016

In this week’s TheNewspaper.com Roundup!

-Indiana Overturns Driver Welfare Traffic Stop

-Maryland Co. caught with short yellow lights

-Texas becomes a RLC Battleground

 

 

Friday, December 16, 2016
Indiana Supreme Court Overturns Driver Welfare Traffic Stop
The Indiana Supreme Court last month ruled that it is more important for police to respect the privacy of drivers than to pull them over to check whether they are in need of assistance. The justices took up the case of Mary Osborne, who on December 14, 2014 forgot to use the parking brake on her black BMW at a Marathon gas station in Fishers. The car rolled backward and briefly pinned her under the car.

Thursday, December 15, 2016
Maryland County Caught With Illegally Short Yellow Times
Montgomery County has often touted itself as among the “best run” photo enforcement program not just in Maryland, but in the nation. A new investigation by the Maryland Drivers Alliance shows how one factor behind the county’s ability to generate $23,408,609 in annual revenue is that it has set yellow times below the legal minimum required by both state and federal law.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Texas Legislature Becomes Red-Light Camera Battleground
The Texas legislature meets briefly before every two years, leaving no time to waste for activists seeking a major policy change. Red-light camera opponents hope that they finally have what it takes to end the state’s red-light camera program when the 85th regular session opens next month in Austin.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016
North Carolina Court Says Drivers Can Ignore Police Signals To Stop
If a police officer stands in the middle of the road waving his hands for a motorist to stop, the North Carolina Court of Appeals says that motorist should feel free to ignore him and keep on driving. That is the upshot of a ruling last week that held a motorist who pulled over after being ordered to do so by a Burlington police officer on September 25, 2013 was acting voluntarily.

Monday, December 12, 2016
France, Germany, Sweden, UK: Speed Cameras Torched, Painted, Mocked
In Garlan, France, vigilantes torched the speed camera on Saturday, Le Telegramme reported. In Bagnols, the speed camera near the entrance to town was spraypainted black last week, Midi Libre reported. The same device had been disabled last month and the letters GAGGCOT are still visible on the device. On Thursday, black spraypaint was also used to take out the speed camera on the D6 in Arcy-sainte-Restitue, according to L’Union.

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