Roundup: January 13, 2016

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, January 13, 2016
US Appeals Court Endorses Arrest For A Late Turn Signal
A federal appeals court last week endorsed the arrest of a motorist who waited too long before using his turn signal. A three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit US Court of Appeals examined the case that began when Officer Brandon Brooks stopped Tracy Williams as he drove home from work on State Road 37 through Noblesville, Indiana on October 5, 2011.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Illinois Appellate Court Says Cameras Can Ticket Year Round
Beating city hall is not easy, especially in Chicago. Last month, the state Court of Appeals blasted the attempt of motorist Kenneth Maschek to invalidate the $100 speed camera ticket he received in a school zone during the summer break. In writing for the three-judge panel, Justice Robert E. Gordon made clear the court’s acceptance of the automated ticketing regime.

Monday, January 11, 2016
France: Speed Cameras Threatened, Decorated
A man wearing a hat and dark sunglasses armed himself with a blunt object and started walking toward a mobile speed camera on the side of the road in Lons, France on December 30. According to Le Progres, a police officer who set up the automated trap on the Rue de la Vieille-Saline a Montmorot noticed the man and ordered him to stop. The man ran. Instead of chasing him, officers tracked him down the next day using an image of the man’s car.

Friday, January 8, 2016
2009 Study: Deficient Roads Kill More Than Speeding
Major cities around the country, including New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC, have adopted “Vision Zero” strategy of reducing traffic fatalities through lowered speed limits and increased ticketing. A 2009 study conducted on behalf of the road construction industry suggests the focus on speeding is disproportionate and far more lives would be saved by devoting resources to engineering improvements.

Thursday, January 7, 2016
South Dakota Slams The Door On Iowa Speed Cameras
Law enforcement officials in Sioux City, Iowa will no longer be allowed easy electronic access to the address information of South Dakota motorists. On Wednesday, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard (R) took the extraordinary step of cutting the city off after learning it had abused access privileges to evade a South Dakota law meant to protect residents from out-of-state speed camera tickets.

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