Roundup: January 21, 2015

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 21, 2015
Arlington, Texas Residents Rally To Ban Red-Light Cameras
Residents of Arlington, Texas took to the steps of city hall Tuesday to demand a vote on outlawing the use of red-light cameras. The group Citizens for a Better Arlington came armed with the signatures of 11,402 fellow voters — more than the 9651 needed to force a proposition onto the ballot.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Federal Court Upholds Unconstitutional Car Search
A federal judge decided earlier this month to accept evidence from an automobile search that a state court magistrate had declared unlawful. US District Judge Jerome B. Simandle insisted that there was nothing wrong in accepting the evidence deemed tainted by the New Jersey Superior Court.

Monday, January 19, 2015
France, Italy: Speed Cameras Sprayed, Toppled
In Kervignac, France, vigilantes disabled a speed camera on Tuesday. According to Ouest France, white spraypaint was used on the automated ticketing machine on the D781. A pair of cameras were similarly painted in the area last September. The same paper reported a camera on the RD524 in Mesnil-Clinchamps had its lenses painted gray last week Sunday.

Friday, January 16, 2015
Puerto Rico Dumps Traffic Cameras, Orders Refunds
The public in Puerto Rico complained so loudly about the photo enforcement program that the territory’s government listened. Red-light cameras went up at three intersections in October dealing out $250 tickets for making rolling right turns, speeding or having a recently expired vehicle registration. On Thursday, Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla (D) had his transportation department refund every ticket issued.

Thursday, January 15, 2015
Missouri Lawmakers Consider Banning Traffic, License Plate Cameras
A pair of Missouri lawmakers want to keep automated cameras from watching motorists in the Show Me State. A bill introduced by state Representative Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) would ban photo enforcement, while state Senator Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph)’s proposes to outlaw automated license plate readers (ALPR, known as ANPR in Europe).

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