Roundup: December 30, 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 30, 2015
UK Official Questions License Plate Reader Legality
The increased use of cameras to track the movement of motorists has outpaced the law. That was the conclusion of UK Surveillance Camera Commissioner Tony Porter in a report to the Home Secretary released last month.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015
California: City Report Shows No Red-Light Cam Benefit
Red-light cameras have been issuing tickets in San Francisco, California for more than a decade, but their impact on safety has been mixed. Earlier this year, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency released its annual report on automated ticketing. While the document claims red-light related collisions throughout San Francisco dropped after photo enforcement began, a closer look at the data shows other engineering factors are at work.

Monday, December 28, 2015
DC, France, Germany, Italy, Oman: Speed Cameras Trashed
Vigilantes knocked over an automated stop sign ticket camera in Washington, DC last week Monday. According to WTTG-TV, police found the device on the ground off Fessenden Street and 41st Street in Northwest. Stop sign cameras are rare, otherwise used by a state agency on California park roads.

Thursday, December 24, 2015
Kentucky Supreme Court Rejects Sloppy DUI Roadblocks
The US Supreme Court gave law enforcement ability to stop and interrogate motorists without individualized suspicion through drunk driving roadblocks set up according to a few simple requirements. Kentucky’s high court last week chastised the state police for setting up a driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) roadblock without bothering to meet the requirements, or “recommendations,” laid out in the 2003 Kentucky v. Buchanon case. On Thursday, the high court made those recommendations mandatory.

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