Roundup: July 27, 2011

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 27, 2011
Richard Retting Cashes in on Lifetime of Traffic Camera Advocacy
The one man most responsible for the spread of red light cameras in the United States is now enjoying the fruit of his labor by converting his advocacy into personal revenue.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
California City to Vote on Banning Red Light Cameras
A third jurisdiction in Orange County, California is taking steps to ban the use of red light cameras. Orange, a city of 136,000 residents, has never used photo enforcement, but the council unanimously directed the city attorney’s office in October to come up with the most effective language to deter future councils from considering them.

Monday, July 25, 2011
Wisconsin Appeals Court Makes Cautious Driving a Crime
Two unexplained stops at an intersection is sufficient cause for a traffic stop according to a Wisconsin appellate decision.

Sunday, July 24, 2011
France, Germany, Saudi Arabia: Speed Cameras Opposition Increases
French vigilantes spraypaint cameras, German youth pelt them with bottles and in Saudi Arabia drivers warn others to avoid tickets.

Friday, July 22, 2011
Texas: Federal Judge Again Blocks Defense of Houston Anti-Camera Vote
In November, Houston residents voted to take down the city’s red light cameras, but now the ticket cameras are issuing citations once again.

Thursday, July 21, 2011
Pennsylvania Court Hides Free Rides for Toll Collectors
Public employees can take rides on toll roads at taxpayer expense, but these trips are not subject to disclosure according to a ruling by the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Washington: Initiative Measure Targets Toll Roads
Voters in Washington state will decide in November whether to slow down the state’s push toward tolling. Initiative 1125 prohibits lawmakers from diverting toll road revenue and other levies on motorists toward non-transportation purposes. It also forces politicians to vote directly on any toll hikes.

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