Roundup: December 31, 2014

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 31, 2014
2014 Year In Review
The following were the ten most viewed stories on during 2014.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Analysis: Major Racial Disparities In Chicago, Illinois Police Traffic Stops
By The Expired Meter
A new report from the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois argues that black drivers are pulled over and searched more frequently by Chicago police than white ones. Minorities in general find themselves targeted for searches more frequently than white drivers.

Monday, December 29, 2014
License Plate Reader Technology Looks At Faces
The leading suppler of automated license plate reader technology in the US (ALPR, also known as ANPR in Europe) is expanding its offerings to law enforcement. Vehicle owners have already had their movements tracked by the company Vigilant Solutions, which boasts 2 billion entries in its nationwide database, with 70 million additional license plate photographs being added each month. Now passengers can also be tracked if they hitch a ride with a friend and are photographed by a camera aimed at the front of the car. The Livermore, California-based firm recently announced expanded integration of facial recognition technology into its offerings.

Sunday, December 28, 2014
France, Italy: Speed Cameras Decorated, Defaced
Festive vigilantes in La Couronne, France decorated a speed camera on Christmas Eve. Charente Libre reported that garlands were draped over the camera on the RN10 on Wednesday, but police were quickly dispatched to remove them. On Friday, bright yellow spraypaint covered the speed camera in Port-Sainte-Marie. According to Sud Ouest, the automated ticketing machine on the RN813 is the fourth camera to be attacked in the area since September.

Friday, December 26, 2014
Redflex Employment Bias Trial Proceeds
Photo enforcement vendor Redflex Traffic Systems faces more legal trouble than just the ongoing federal bribery trial in Chicago, Illinois. The US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio continues its evaluation of the claims of former photo ticketing salesman Catherine Petzel who alleges that the top management at the US division of the company discriminated against women and against Australians. Earlier this month, Redflex asked Judge Peter C. Economus to throw out the case.

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