Roundup: February 4, 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, February 04, 2015
Texas Lawmaker Proposes Ban On Toll Road Land Confiscation
Opponents of toll roads in Texas no longer want to see the public get the worst end of the bargain in “public-private partnerships”. That is why state Representative Cindy Burkett (R-Sunnyvale) introduced legislation for the current session to strip private entities of the power of taking land from citizens for the use of toll road builders.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Kansas Supreme Court Limits Use Of Portable DUI Tester
The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday slammed the use of the horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN) test commonly given on the side of the road to motorists suspected of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol. The court made the point in reversing the conviction of William J. Molitor, a driver who showed few signs of intoxication and was only given a breath test after he failed the controversial eye test.

Monday, February 02, 2015
France, Russia: Speed Cameras Scorched, Sprayed, Smashed
Vigilantes in Lot-et-Garonne, France set fire to a speed camera at 1am on Thursday. The automated ticketing machine in the town of Laplume had previously been spraypainted several times, according to Sud Ouest. In Bordes, the speed camera on the RD952 was spraypainted gray on Friday, La Republique reported.

Friday, January 30, 2015
Brentwood, Maryland Hides Speed Camera Errors
Brentwood, Maryland succeeded in concealing just how plagued with inaccurate readings its speed camera program has been. The town spent more than four years dodging numerous attempts by the Maryland Drivers Alliance to use public information laws to obtain emails and other documents pertaining to problems with the system. Only last week did the city hand over the requested files under the pressure of a lawsuit filed in Montgomery County Circuit Court.

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Ohio: Cops Need A Reason To Interrogate Parked Motorists
Police officers may not approach and question motorists parked in a driveway unless there is a legitimate reason to suspect criminal activity. That was the decision of a divided Ohio Court of Appeals panel on Monday that overturned the conviction of Jamey D. Dixon after she was arrested while minding her own business in a residential driveway in Kirtland Hills on March 29, 2013.

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