Roundup: January 1, 2014

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.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
2013 Year in Review
The ten most viewed stories on for the year 2013.

Monday, December 30, 2013
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rejects Turn Signal Search
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Friday revised state policy on police searches of automobiles. The court held that police cannot tow and inventory search a vehicle unless there is a genuine public safety purposes to impound the car.

Sunday, December 29, 2013
Ohio, France, Italy: Speed Cameras Damaged, Decorated
Vigilantes attacked a speed camera in Lucas, Ohio on Wednesday. According to the Mansfield News Journal, cables and USB storage drives of the device were damaged.

Friday, December 27, 2013
Australia: Report Questions Speed Camera Motivation
The South Australian Centre for Economic Studies issued an issue paper last week questioning the motivation behind South Australia’s speed camera policies. The think tank, part of the University of Adelaide, accepted the assumption that policies such as the use of automated ticketing machines and roadblocks have a beneficial effect, but the group questioned the way photo ticketing has been implemented in the state. In comparing South Australia to other Australian regions, the researchers found a the same downward trend in fatality rate from the 1970s to the present.

Thursday, December 26, 2013
California City Caught Owing Parking Ticket Refunds
Big cities frequently complain that they are “owed” millions for unpaid parking tickets. They turn to outside collections firm to go after individuals accused of not paying citations that may be a decade or more old. Oakland, California found itself in the opposite position last week as the city auditor determined the city itself owed money to drivers who overpaid their tickets.

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