TheNewspaper.com Roundup: February 18, 2015


Each Wednesday, we’ll publish quick summaries of the articles from the last week on TheNewspaper.com. We’re doing this because these articles are often strongly connected to the issues that National Motorists Association members are interested in.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Georgia Supreme Court Advances Demand For Breathalyzer Source Code
The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday reversed lower court rulings that kept a motorist from requiring a breathalyzer manufacturer to hand over its source code at his drunk-driving trial. Jason Parker tried to get a representative of Kentucky-based CMI Inc, the company that markets the Intoxilyzer 5000, to come to Georgia with a copy of the source code. Parker was convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) based solely on the readout an Intoxilyzer machine generated on April 5, 2012.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
State License Plate Reader Bans Pick Up Steam
For years, police agencies around the country have deployed automated license plate reader cameras (ALPR, also known as ANPR) without seeking public input or approval. Often the federal government picks up the tab for the cameras in the form of homeland security grants that support an effort to centralize a repository of the driving histories of motorists. The scope of the effort has inspired a legislative backlash.

Monday, February 16, 2015
Speed Cameras Burn In Italy, France, UK
Vigilantes set fire to a pair of speed cameras in Slough, England last Monday around 1am. According to the Slough Express, the automated ticketing machines on Uxbridge Road suffered moderate damage.

Friday, February 13, 2015
Opinion: US Senator Reports On Automobile Privacy Threat
Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Massachusetts) on Monday released a report on automotive privacy highlighting the failure of vehicle manufacturers to ensure the highest levels of security and privacy. The report examined the measures industry has taken to prevent electronic intrusion and the way companies gather and treat sensitive personal information. Markey concluded that government intervention may be appropriate.

Thursday, February 12, 2015
California: Appellate Red-Light Camera Ruling Worries Redflex
One of California’s largest providers of red-light camera systems believes a recent Court of Appeal decision spells trouble for the industry. The state’s second-highest court found that proof of improper calibration was enough to cast doubt on an automated ticketing machine’s reliability. Redflex Traffic Systems of Australia asked the state Supreme Court to “depublish” the California v. Rekte decision, effectively erasing it from the books.

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