Roundup: July 31, 2017

In this week’s Roundup!

–IA upholds ban on driving High–

–OH gives cities OK to use cams–

–NJ says accidents not always careless–

Friday, July 28, 2017
Iowa Supreme Court Upholds Ban On Driving While High
Iowa courts are holding firm against any relaxation of the laws related to driving under the influence (DUI) of marijuana. A divided state Supreme Court last month refused to let slide a man’s DUI conviction because it was based on a drug test that showed “nonimpairing” amounts of the controlled substance in his bloodstream.

Thursday, July 27, 2017
Ohio Supreme Court Overturns Fake Ban On Speed Cameras
Politicians hate to make the sort of choices that might alienate key constituencies. In Ohio, lawmakers knew voters opposed speed cameras after the devices were rejected at the ballot box in eight cities. At the same time, state representatives and senators did not want to offend city politicians who depend on photo ticket revenue to balance the budget. The Ohio Supreme Court weighed in Wednesday by tossing out the General Assembly’s 2014 attempt to have it both ways by passing legislation that was commonly reported as a “ban” on speed cameras, even though it still allowed cities to run as many speed cameras as they liked.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
New Jersey Appellate Court Says Accidents Not Always Careless
The driver who rear-ends another car at a traffic light is often assumed to be automatically at fault for being careless. Not so fast, a two-judge appellate panel in New Jersey said on Thursday. The state’s second-highest court was asked to decide whether to uphold Duke Nyangweso’s conviction for careless driving after he slammed into the car being driven by Cassandra Markman on the Bayonne Bridge on March 3, 2015.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Texas Appeals Court Says Cities Can Ignore Red- Light Camera Law
The Texas Appeals Court does not think that cities need to follow the state’s red-light camera law. Lawyers for ticket recipients sued Willis over its failure to follow all legally required procedures, but a three-judge appellate panel handed down a decision earlier this month saying that motorists had no right to use the courts to force cities to comply with the law. On Friday, attorney Russell J. Bowman formally asked the court to reconsider.

Monday, July 24, 2017
France, Germany, Latvia, Saudi Arabia, UK: Speed Cameras Attacked
A protest over cigarette taxes has disabled at least 430 speed cameras across France, France Bleu reported. On Friday, masked members of the group calling themselves “Angry Tobacconists” covered the automated ticketing machines with garbage bags and sign indicating their displeasure with the 10 euro (US $11.66) per pack tax. The incidents were spread out across several French departments. For example, a total of 15 out of 28 speed cameras in the Somme were covered, 15 in Aisne, a dozen were bagged in Moselle, and another 17 in Deux-Sevres.

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