Roundup: December 28, 2011

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 28, 2011
Illinois: Local Official Charged with Traffic Camera Corruption
The village of Bellwood, Illinois claims its former comptroller, Roy F. McCampbell, signed a red light camera contract for personal financial gain. McCampbell also played a key role in convincing the state legislature to authorize red light cameras. Redspeed (a ticket camera company) handsomely rewarded those who helped advance its interests in Illinois. The Bellwood First Party, which McCampbell supported, received $5230 in donations from the company and its lobbyists. State lawmakers who backed the authorizing bill received tens of thousands more.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Ohio: Yanking Motorist Out of Car Is Not a Welfare Check
Cops in Ohio may not rip a motorist out of his vehicle to “check on his welfare.” The state court of appeals handed down a decision earlier this month in a case involving a man parked on the side of the road in a quiet Columbus residential neighborhood who was “helped” out of his car with physical force.

Monday, December 26, 2011
Ohio: Appellate Judge Blasts Judiciary Over Speed Cameras
An Ohio Court of Appeals judge blasted his colleagues Thursday for accepting at face value the accuracy claims of speed camera and red light camera advocates. Judge Sean C. Gallagher used a non-controversial photo enforcement case involving the city of Parma to question why his colleagues refuse to impose the same legal standards on ticketing technology that they impose on breathalyzer machines in drunk driving cases.

Sunday, December 25, 2011
France, Italy, UK: Speed Cameras Rammed, Shot, Attacked
Vigilantes in England, France and Italy used a number of tactics to disable speed cameras.

Friday, December 23, 2011
Italy: More Officials Arrested for Photo Enforcement Corruption
Two police officers were arrested and four raids conducted as part of ongoing investigation into speed camera corruption scandal in Italy.

Thursday, December 22, 2011
Federal Appeals Court Embraces DC Speed Cameras
The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Tuesday rejected a class action lawsuit filed against the speed camera program in the nation’s capital. Motorists Henry Dixon and Cuong Thanh Phung argued the city violated their constitutional guarantee to equal protection of law by treating drivers pulled over for speeding more harshly than drivers mailed photo tickets for speeding.

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