Roundup: March 27, 2013

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 27, 2013
New York: Judge Rules Careful Driving Is Not A Crime
Driving with hands on the wheel, arms extended, without passing other vehicles is not a crime in New York, a county judge ruled last week. St. Lawrence County Surrogate’s Court Judge Kathleen Martin Rogers found the US Border Patrol had been wrong to stop Corene M. Deer and Rachel C. Morgan, who were driving carefully at around 8pm on January 18, 2012 in the town of Gouverneur.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Maryland Senate Votes To Cover Up Speed Camera Errors
Earlier this year, a number of lawmakers in Maryland vowed to reform the way speed cameras were operated in the state. Officials were rocked by the revelation that more than 5 percent of photo ticket recipients in Baltimore were likely innocent with lax oversight and faulty photo radar equipment to blame for the bogus citations. On Monday, the state Senate voted 46-1 to cover up future errors.

Monday, March 25, 2013
Europe Deploys Next Generation Speed Cameras
Struggling European economies are investing big money in stealth speed camera technology designed to mail tickets to motorists who have no way of knowing they are being watched. Eurozone economies have been shrinking, with both France and Spain under heightened scrutiny for failure to meet deficit reduction targets set by the European Union. Ratings agency Standard and Poor’s called the situation in Spain and France “socially explosive” in a statement to Neue Osnabrucker Zeitung. Both countries are now deploying the next generation of speed cameras.

Sunday, March 24, 2013
UK: Speed Cameras Decapitated
A pair of speed cameras were cut down last weekend in the Borders region of Scotland. The Border Telegraph reported the cameras at Huntford and Camptown south of Jedburgh became the sixth to fall within the past year.

Friday, March 22, 2013
California Committee Would Give Photo Ticket Points To Non-Drivers
Owners of vehicles registered in California could have their license suspended for red light running violations, even if they never get behind the wheel of their cars. Under a bill considered by the state Assembly Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, red-light camera tickets would be turned into administrative violations that hold the owner responsible for $500 and license points for violations committed by others.

Thursday, March 21, 2013
Florida: Federal Appeals Court Upholds Window Tint Pretext
The Eleventh US Court of Appeals ruled on Monday that police interested in searching a car for drugs may use any pretext, no matter how flimsy. Bryan E. Parker found this out after Hillsborough County, Florida Sheriff’s deputies stopped him on May 27, 2011 for having a “sun band” of tint on his windshield that went slightly below the “AS1 line.” As a matter of policy, the sheriff’s office does not ordinarily even issue citations for tint violations.

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