Roundup: March 11, 2015

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, March 11, 2015
Louisiana Court Of Appeal Approves Anti-Redflex Lawsuit
Opponents of automated ticketing machines in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana have been given a second chance at taking down the program. The state Court of Appeal last year reversed a lower court judge who attempted to block class action lawsuit against the parish and Redflex Traffic Systems, the Australian company in charge of the program that issues citations worth up to $175 each. The state Supreme Court allowed this decision to stand as final.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
California Court of Appeal Blocks Red-Light Camera Lawsuit
California motorists may not sue cities for violating their constitutional rights with red-light cameras, according to a ruling last week by the state Court of Appeal. A three-judge panel threw out a class action lawsuit claiming that the photo ticketing system undermined the confrontation, due process and equal protection clauses of the US Constitution.

Monday, March 09, 2015
France, Italy: Speed Cameras Toppled, Spraypainted
Vigilantes in Martellago, Italy, knocked over a speed camera last week. According to Venezia Today, the orange camera housing on the Via Frassinelli was ripped from its mounting points and tossed on the ground. The controversial device had previously been spraypainted several times since it was installed.

Friday, March 06, 2015
Louisiana Appeals Court Busts Speed Trap Town
The town of Woodworth, Louisiana is in hot water. Police officers were caught on dashcam video shaking down innocent motorists during a traffic stop, and the state’s second highest court wants the city to pay for it. On Wednesday, the Court of Appeals in favor of Patricia Parker’s lawsuit against the town.

Thursday, March 05, 2015
Redflex Profit Plunges 414 Percent
Redflex Traffic Systems continues to struggle for survival. The red-light and speed camera giant told Australian investors on Tuesday that profits plunged 414 percent in the fist half of the fiscal year. Compared to the net profit of $5 million recorded last year, Redflex saw $10 million in red ink. The news could soon become even worse.

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