TheNewspaper.com Roundup: February 6, 2017

In this week’s TheNewspaper.com Roundup!

-Coalition Prods Trump to not Toll–

-OH Cop busted for ripping off motorists–

-Anti-Protest laws try to protect highways–

Friday, February 3, 2017
Coalition Prods New Administration, Congress To Avoid Tolling
Elaine L. Chao cruised to confirmation as President Donald J. Trump’s transportation secretary on Tuesday. As the former deputy head of the agency, and as a former secretary of Labor, she found little opposition in the Senate, which ratified her with a 93 to 6 vote. Even members of the opposition party praised her ability and sought to work with her on common goals.

Thursday, February 2, 2017
Ohio Cop Busted For Ripping Off Motorists
A Cleveland Heights, Ohio police officer admitted on Tuesday that he stole the fees motorists paid to have their vehicles released from impound. Lamont Darden, 30, entered a guilty plea to felony charges of theft in office and evidence tampering at a hearing before the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas in Cleveland.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Anti-Protest Laws Enhance Penalties For Blocking Highways
Statehouses around the nation are considering legislation designed to discourage political protesters from blocking traffic. The measures would enhance penalties and call for swift police action to restore the flow of traffic.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
UK To Require Auto Insurance For Race Cars, Wheelchairs
British automotive hobbyists will soon have to buy auto insurance to cover that project car on blocks in their garage, even though the vehicle is not going anywhere any time soon. A sweeping expansion of the Department for Transport (DfT) compulsory insurance requirements is expected to take effect later in the year. It will apply to entirely new categories of vehicles, including farm tractors and combines, motorized wheelchairs, riding lawnmowers, golf carts and the bumper cars at a carnival. Even top Formula One racers will have to insure their multi-million-dollar rides that are never driven on public roads. The rules were designed to comply with European Union directives, and the DfT is not happy about it.

Monday, January 30, 2017
France, Italy, UK: Speed Cameras Smeared, Spraypainted, Scorched
In Cerreto Guidi, Italy, vigilantes disabled a speed camera with yellow spraypaint last week, Il Tirreno reported. The device was one of five installed by the municipality in December. In Val Roia, vigilantes smeared a speed camera’s lens last week Sunday. A local Facebook group celebrated the attack, saying “wonderful” and “well done.”

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