Roundup: February 10, 2016

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, February 10, 2016
EPA Rule To Ban Car Modification
The Obama administration is looking to close down the automotive aftermarket. Tucked deep within a proposed rulemaking governing diesel truck engines, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) introduced language that would prohibit any changes to an automobile’s engine or exhaust after it leaves the factory. The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) raised the alarm Monday after discovering the hidden provision.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Illinois: Cops Lose Case After Hiding Video Evidence
A motorist accused of drunk driving walked away after cops in Chicago, Illinois refused to hand over video evidence of the incident. In a ruling last month, the Illinois Appellate Court said Richard Moravec was entitled not just to any dashcam videos of his arrest, but also relevant footage from the city’s network of surveillance devices known as “police observational devices” or POD cameras.

Monday, February 8, 2016
France, Luxembourg, UK: Speed Cameras Thwarted
Vigilantes in Luxembourg did not wait for the newly installed speed cameras to be installed before acting last week. According to Luxemburger Wort, the automated ticketing machine on the N24 in Beckerich had its lens smashed. Ten cameras are scheduled to go live in the area on March 16.

Friday, February 5, 2016
Texas Appeals Court Slams Forced DUI Blood Draw
The Texas Court of Appeals told local police officers last month that when the US Supreme Court says warrantless blood draws from motorists are unconstitutional, that means they need to get a warrant to perform a blood draw. Hurst Police Officer Brian Charnock did not believe the McNeely ruling applied to him as he ordered Laura Ann Swan to pull over in February 2012.

Thursday, February 4, 2016
Arizona Senate Committee Hints At Photo Radar Rescue Plan
Stan Barnes, the lobbyist for American Traffic Solutions (ATS), is desperately trying to stop the Arizona legislature from revoking the statewide permission to use red-light cameras and speed cameras. In a hearing Wednesday before the Senate Public Safety Committee, Barnes marshaled an impressive array of uniformed police chiefs to oppose a resolution that would let Arizona voters pass, or reject, a photo enforcement ban.

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