Roundup: March 14, 2012

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.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
California: City May Renew Traffic Cameras at Safe Intersection
The city council in Hawthorne, California will consider whether to renew its contract for operating red light cameras. Local activists are urging members to drop the program, citing evidence that it is not possible for photo enforcement to reduce the number of accidents in the city since the cameras were installed at locations with no history of red light running accidents.

Monday, March 12, 2012
Ohio: Bad Speed Limit Sign Invalidates Speeding Ticket
Ohio’s second highest court earlier this month exonerated a motorist who challenged his speeding ticket on the grounds the local jurisdiction violated federal laws regarding speed limit signs. At trial, the motorist argued on his own behalf that the speed limit sign was too low to the ground, in violation of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) standard that such signs in pedestrian areas be at least seven feet from the ground to ensure visibility.

Sunday, March 11, 2012
Italy, South Africa, UK: Speed Cameras Torched
Speed cameras were set on fire in Scotland, England, Italy and South Africa.

Friday, March 9, 2012
Washington Supreme Court Denies Citizens a Say on Traffic Cameras
The public is powerless to stop city councils from teaming up with private companies to install red light cameras and speed cameras, the Washington Supreme Court ruled yesterday. In a narrow 5-4 decision, the majority adopted the argument developed by photo enforcement vendor American Traffic Solutions (ATS) that holds public policy regarding the use of automated ticketing machines does not fall within the scope of the initiative power.

Thursday, March 8, 2012
Maryland Considers Eliminating Judges for Photo Tickets
Lawmakers in Maryland are upset that residents have been challenging their speed camera tickets in court. The cases, even if they go the state’s way, frequently generate bad publicity. The latest solution being proposed is to eliminate the right of ticket recipients to have their day in court before an actual judge.

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