Roundup: January 23, 2017

In this week’s Roundup!

  • Saga of the Potty Mouth Motorist–
  • RLC revisit in Alaska–
  • Napa, CA says no to RLCs–

Friday, January 20, 2017
Federal Appeals Court Clears Cops In Prosecution Of Potty Mouth Motorist
When then-22-year-old motorist William Barboza wrote a profane note on his payment for a speeding ticket nearly five years ago, little did he know his small act of defiance would end in his arrest. On Wednesday, the Second Circuit US Court of Appeals issued a summary order affirming a lower court decision that had cleared the cops of liability for arresting the man solely because he exercised his right to free speech.

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Alaska Politicians Seek To Revive Banned Red-Light Camera Program
Residents of Anchorage, Alaska were third in the nation to rise up against the use of automated ticketing machines. In 1997, a citizen-led signature drive gave the public a chance to weigh in on the issue at the ballot box, and a majority decided to adopt a comprehensive prohibition on the use of red-light cameras and speed cameras. A handful of city politicians intend to undo this ballot measure in a process that begins this Friday.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Texas: Lawsuit Battles Toll Road Over Bankruptcy Law Violation
A judge may soon decide whether the North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) has gone overboard in its attempts to collect on unpaid tolls. A new federal lawsuit charges the agency with refusal to abide by the protections provided under federal bankruptcy law as it went after a couple from the city of Allen.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Napa, California Considers Doing Business With Redflex
Officials in Napa, California will decide later today whether to continue doing business with Redflex Traffic Systems, the Australian red-light camera vendor embroiled in an ongoing international corruption scandal. Following the city council’s lead, Police Chief Steve Potter will argue in favor of the program’s continuation, facing off against Mayor Jill Techel, a consistent voice against the program.

Monday, January 16, 2017
Sweden: Vigilantes Disable Speed Camera
In Harnosand, Sweden, vigilantes disabled a speed camera on the E4 last week, Allehanda reported. The Swedish Transport Administration began putting up cameras in the town of 18,000 in 2015 and was anxious to get the lucrative device repaired and back into service.

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