Roundup: July 6, 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, July 6, 2016
Virginia: Insurance Industry Photographs 65,000 Motorists In Speeding Ticket Push
Three years ago, the insurance industry set up ten covert speed cameras across Northern Virginia to photograph and access the personal information of 65,000 drivers. A motorist rights group is crying foul. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gathered all of this data to make a political point.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Italy, Germany, UK: Speed Cameras Bumped, Burned
In Schwerte, Germany, a mobile speed camera failed to prevent the accident that wiped out the automated ticketing device on Thurdsay. Nordrhein-Westfalen Polizei report that a car knocked over the device and sent it flying seven yards while a local transportation department staffer stood by, watching. Damage is estimated at 75,000 euros (US $83,000).

Friday, July 1, 2016
European Speed Cameras Raise Accuracy Concerns
European motorists are increasingly receiving tickets in the mail for offenses that they did not commit. On April 12, the speed camera on the RN520 in Chaptelat, France accused a vehicle owner of traveling at 229 km/h (142 MPH) in a 90 km/h (55 MPH) zone.

Thursday, June 30, 2016
Indiana: Dashcam Video Refutes Traffic Cop Testimony
In traffic cases, the law enforcement officer’s version of events is usually accepted as the most accurate account. Except in rare cases, this is enough to convict any motorist. One of those rare exceptions took place in an Indiana courtroom earlier this month as US District Court Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson reviewed dashcam video and believed the motorist’s version of events over the “illogical” and “inconsistent” account given by a Hancock County sheriff’s deputy.

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