Roundup: January 27, 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 27, 2016
Jury Delivers Guilty Verdict In Redflex Bribery Trial
A jury on Tuesday found John Bills guilty of taking bribes from Redflex Traffic Systems. The former deputy head of the Chicago, Illinois transportation department abused his position to fill his pockets with cash from the Australian firm in return for his help in expanding the Windy City’s red-light camera program into the largest of its kind. The federal jury unanimously found Bills guilty on all counts.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Finland: Speed Camera Accuses Train Of Speeding
In Helsinki, Finland, the police department on Wednesday released a speed camera photograph of a train in a light-hearted attempt to personalize the city’s automated ticketing program. The image, taken on January 17, shows the front end of a car with a fast-moving train in the background. According to the speed camera, the “car” is traveling at 117 km/h (72 MPH), but the police realize the car was not actually traveling that fast on the snow-covered road.

Monday, January 25, 2016
New York, Australia, Italy: Traffic Cameras Trashed
In Suffolk County, New York, vigilantes cut down a red-light camera last week Monday. According to Newsday, the device at the intersection of County Road 83 and Old Town Road was sawed off toward the base. The county generated $28 million in profit from red-light cameras last year.

Friday, January 22, 2016
Arizona Representatives Backtrack On Support Of Photo Radar Expansion Bill
Tea Party Republicans were surprised earlier this week to learn that Arizona candidates who ran on a “pro liberty” campaign platform just sponsored legislation to expand the use of red-light cameras, speed cameras and school bus cameras. After public outrage manifested itself in the form of emails, phone calls and posts on social media platforms, a handful of the eleven lawmakers behind the measure attempted to publicly distance themselves from the pro-camera effort.

Thursday, January 21, 2016
Florida: Accidents Increase At Red-Light Camera Locations
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reports that accidents increased at intersections where red-light cameras are in use. State law requires the agency to monitor the performance of automated ticketing machines and submit an annual report on its findings.

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