Roundup: January 20, 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 20, 2016
Photo Enforcement Industry Dream Bill Introduced In Arizona
A group of eleven Arizona state lawmakers wants to see a dramatic expansion in the use of photo radar, school bus cameras and red-light cameras. The mostly Republican representatives introduced a measure that checks off just about every policy initiative on the photo enforcement industry wish list. It begins by renaming photo enforcement systems as “automated traffic safety devices” within the state code. It then deletes the legal provision the photo ticketing industry hates more than any other — the personal service requirement.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Oregon Cop Fined $181,170 For Kicking Motorcyclist
A jury last Thursday found an Oregon State Police Captain negligent for ramming a motorcyclist and kicking him in the chest. Captain Robert Wayne Edwards was ordered to pay Justin Michael Wilkens $181,170 in damages over the August 3, 2012 police chase that left Wilkens with a broken collarbone and two fractured ribs.

Monday, January 18, 2016
France, UK: Speed Cameras On Fire, Spraypaint
Vigilantes in Huddersfield, England set fire to a speed camera last week Monday. According to the Huddersfield Daily Examiner, a tire was used to feed the blaze on Woodhead Road in Honley.

Friday, January 15, 2016
Maryland Officials Plant Support For Speed Cameras
Officials in Montgomery County, Maryland have been coordinating with individuals to create the impression that “dispassionate citizens” support the use of speed cameras. A freedom of information request filed by the Maryland Drivers Alliance recently uncovered emails in which Police Captain Thomas Didone helped edit letters to the editor in the local newspaper praising photo ticketing.

Thursday, January 14, 2016
Federal Court Clears DC In Sexting Traffic Cop Case
Washington DC and the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) were given a free pass by a federal judge on Friday after a traffic cop helped himself to the racy photographs he found on a phone he seized from a female driver. US District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer dismissed all but one count in the lawsuit motorist Natalia Argote, claiming she had no redress against the city.

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