Roundup: July 30, 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 30, 2014
US Senate Rejects Diminished Federal Transportation Role
The US Senate on Tuesday voted 79 to 18 to pass a modified version of the stop-gap measure providing funding for federal transportation projects that cleared the House earlier this month. The upper chamber rejected a plan offered by Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) with a 28 to 69 vote that would have phased out the system where gas tax funds collected at the state level are sent to Washington and then redistributed to the states with strings attached.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Illinois: Chicago Red-Light Camera Spotlight Expands
The world’s largest municipal red-light camera, beset by a $2 million bribery scandal, is facing renewed scrutiny from the public and investigators. On Friday, the inspector general for the city of Chicago, Illinois announced a formal inquiry into the photo ticketing program in the wake of blockbuster reporting from the Chicago Tribune newspaper.

Monday, July 28, 2014
Washington Court: DUI Blood Sample Test Requires Warrant
Police in Washington state may not skip the constitutional requirement to obtain a warrant before sending a blood sample from a drunk driving suspect to a lab for analysis. The state Court of Appeals last week came to the conclusion in the case of Jose Figeroa Martines, who crashed his SUV on State Route 167 on June 20, 2012.

Sunday, July 27, 2014
Ohio, France, Germany: Traffic Cameras Disabled
Vigilantes blew up a speed camera in Ennepe-Ruhr-Kreis, Germany. Der Westen reports that the device on the B226 will not be replaced.

Friday, July 25, 2014
Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Driving Away From Cop At Window
When Wisconsin police officers knock on the window of a car and motion to roll down the window, the state Supreme Court said in a 5 to 2 ruling that the motorist is free to ignore the cop and drive away.

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Canada: Lawmakers Consider Seizing Cars Over Guns
Anti-gun activists in Ontario, Canada are looking to confiscate cars illegally carrying handguns. Liberal Party Member of Provincial Parliament Mike Colle proposed legislation yesterday to add firearms possession to the “anti stunt racing” provisions of the traffic code that allow vehicles to be confiscated on the word of an officer who says they were speeding.

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