Roundup: June 8, 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, June 8, 2016
Colorado Residents Fight To Save Anti-Camera Referendum
Residents of Sheridan, Colorado want the public to decide whether or not photo enforcement is used in their community. After being twice denied access to the ballot by city officials, proponents of the referendum decided this time to sue the mayor and city council, accusing them of dirty tricks.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Washington: Signature Drive On New Pro-Car Ballot Measure
Washington state’s master of the ballot initiative is back looking for signatures in support of a plan that would rein in costs imposed on motorists. Tim Eyman announced last week that the new Initiative 869 would, if it gathers enough support, restore $30 car registration fees (also known as car tabs) and roll back tolls that were imposed on existing lanes of Interstate 405 and Highway 167.

Monday, June 6, 2016
France, UK: Flood, Fire and Paint Disables Speed Cameras
Mother Nature took a speed camera out of service in Argenteuil, France on Friday. The automated ticketing machine on the D311 was almost entirely submerged as heavy rains caused flooding along the Seine. In Ceyssac, vigilantes last Monday destroyed the speed camera on the RD590 by setting it on fire, Le Progres reported. Red spraypaint was used in Cuzieu to disable the speed camera on the RD 1082 last weekend, according to Le Progres. Red paint was also used to disable the speed camera in Vercia, Le Progres reported.

Friday, June 3, 2016
States Massively Expand Move Over Laws
Motorists in some states can be ticketed if they drive past some types of vehicles — but not others — when they are stopped on the side of the highway. States began enacting “move over” laws to ticket people for not slowing well under the speed limit or making an emergency lane change when a police officer is parked on the side of the road, but these statutes are now being expanded to cover dozens of other special classes of vehicles.

Thursday, June 2, 2016
2011 Study Examines True Cost Of Toll Roads
Transportation officials worldwide have embraced toll roads, cordon pricing and other forms of per-mile taxation as if they were the solution to funding difficulties. In a federally funded 2011 study, the Transportation Research Board’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program concluded that the gasoline tax remains by any measure the most efficient highway funding mechanism.

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