Roundup: January 2, 2013

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 02, 2013
New Jersey: Partial Refund For Illegal Traffic Camera Ticket Recipients
More than 81,000 citations worth $10.2 million were issued in New Jersey through red-light camera programs that were not in compliance with state law. Rather than fight a drawn out class action battle to defend the money it collected, American Traffic Solutions (ATS) last week filed a proposed settlement in federal court designed to limit the firm’s liability to a sum “not to exceed” $4.2 million. Federal magistrates have scheduled a January 22 hearing to consider the settlement offer.

Monday, December 31, 2012
2012 Year in Review
The ten most viewed stories on during 2012.

Sunday, December 30, 2012
Scotland, UAE: Speed Cameras Swiped, Shot
Vigilantes shot a pair of speed cameras in the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday. The devices were located on the Al Dhaid-Sharjah Road, Alittihad reported. So far this year, eleven other speed cameras have been shot in the area.

Friday, December 28, 2012
Feds Accelerate Black Box Regulations
Automobiles manufactured after September 1, 2014 must have an electronic data collection device that stores driving information for federal investigators. The US Department of Transportation earlier this month published its proposed rule mandating the installation of event data recorders (EDRs) or black boxes in cars, insisting the devices are meant for crash investigation purposes, and not for invading privacy.

Thursday, December 27, 2012
Washington: Motorist Takes on Unauthorized Unmarked Police Cars
The state of Washington generally prohibits the use of unmarked police cars for ordinary traffic duties. Criminals are known to take advantage of the ability to impersonate a police officer in states that allow unmarked traffic patrols by using a flashing light to pull over and rob or assault motorists, so lawmakers in the Evergreen State sought to prevent this by only authorizing unmarked police vehicles for “special undercover or confidential investigative” work. Nonetheless, the Washington State Patrol (WSP) has about 200 unmarked sedans and trucks it uses for routine ticket-writing duties.

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