TheNewspaper.com Roundup: February 20, 2017

In this week’s TheNewspaper.com Roundup!

-FL Cop convicted of shaking down motorists–

-Toll Rate Transparency in VA–

-Speeding while Passing in ID–

Friday, February 17, 2017
Florida Traffic Cop Convicted Of Shaking Down Drivers
The tables turned on Miami-Dade, Florida Police Detective William Kostopoulos earlier this month as a jury found him guilty of pocketing money taken from drivers during traffic stops. According to evidence presented at trial, Kostopoulos, a member of the department’s auto theft unit, specifically targeted illegal aliens, knowing that they would be hesitant to report the roadside theft.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Virginia Lawmaker Forces Toll Rate Transparency
Motorists who pay extra to take an “express” toll lane on a highway can sometimes find themselves not saving any time at all. A Virginia state senator fed up with his hour-long commutes decided to do something about it earlier this month by introducing a bill that would force transparency regarding the time savings, if any, before taking a Northern Virginia toll road.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Idaho: Legislation Would Excuse Speeding While Passing
Getting past a slow-moving vehicle on a two-lane road in Idaho may become a less nerve-wracking experience if a new proposal makes its way through the legislature. State Representative Lance W. Clow (R-Twin Falls) introduced legislation Thursday that would, if enacted, excuse drivers for exceeding the speed limit while passing on a two-lane road.

Monday, February 13, 2017
France, Italy, Saudi Arabi: Vigilantes Cover Speed Cameras
Vigilantes around the world got more creative while disabling photo enforcement devices last week. In Villeneuve-sur-Lot, France on Thursday, a boar’s head and carcass, was draped over the speed camera on the D911. According to La Depeche, a number of passing motorists stopped to photograph the unusual scene.

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