Roundup: July 16, 2014

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, July 16, 2014
US House Passes Short-Term Transportation Bill
The US House of Representatives on Tuesday voted 367 to 55 on a short-term extension of federal highway funding that is set to run out at the end of the month. The Republican-backed measure keeps transportation projects running through May 31, 2015 without tackling any of the controversial policy issues, such as how to deal with tolling and taxing, that have tied up consideration of a multi-year funding plan.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Florida To Ticket Drivers Who Do Not Crawl Past Garbage Trucks
Florida drivers who fail to slam on the brakes to drive past a garbage truck or the cable guy at 5 MPH will receive a $154 ticket and three points under new rules that took effect July 1. The legislature expanded the state’s “Move Over” statute which the Florida Highway Patrol used to generate $1.3 million in revenue last year.

Monday, July 14, 2014
Missouri Puts Transportation Funding Measure On Ballot
Voters in the Show Me State will be asked next month whether they support a $5 billion sales tax hike to pay for the Missouri Department of Transportation’s wish list of spending priorities, including road maintenance as well as a long list of projects unrelated to driving. The funding language will be added to the state constitution if a simple majority of voters approve it on the August 5 primary election ballot.

Sunday, July 13, 2014
France, UAE: Speed Cameras Painted and Burned
In Condezaygues, France, vigilantes disabled a speed camera on Tuesday. According to Sud Ouest, the camera lens was covered with green spraypaint marking the third time it has been disabled this year. On Monday, a speed camera in Canapville was covered in white and black spraypaint, and a giant peace symbol was painted on the side, Le Pays d’Auge reported. Fire was the tool used in Daoulas on Monday at around 1am in destroying the speed camera on the RN165, Le Telegramme reported.

Friday, July 11, 2014
Ohio Lawsuit Accuses Speed Camera Company Of Exploitation
A former candidate for city council in East Cleveland, Ohio is suing speed camera vendor American Traffic Solutions (ATS) for $5 million. Vidah Saeed filed suit in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas last month accusing the Arizona-based firm of depriving her of her constitutional rights.

Thursday, July 10, 2014
UK: Government, Public Rejects Environmental Speed Limits
In the US and Great Britain, traffic engineers have promoted environmental speed limits as a way to meet strict air quality standards set by regulatory bodies like the US Environmental Protection Agency and the European Union. They work by mandating a lower speed limit during working hours, a change that is supposed to clean the air.

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