Roundup: March 30, 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, March 30, 2016
Convicted Chicago Official Wants Redflex Exec To Pay Bribery Fine
John Bills, the former Chicago, Illinois transportation official convicted of taking bribes from Redflex Traffic Systems, continues to insist that the government’s case against him remains fatally weak. In documents filed with the federal court, Bills attorney Nishay K. Sanan asked Judge Virginia Kendall to reject the feds’ attempt to confiscate the $680,107 in illicit funds that Bills had accepted in return for expanding the Windy City’s red-light camera program.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
French Supreme Court Throws Out Inaccurate Speed Camera Tickets
France’s highest court threw out several speed cameras tickets earlier this month after an expert proved the speed estimates were bogus. The Court of Cassation examined the tickets and found that it was impossible for the accused school buses to have been traveling at 80 km/h (50 MPH) in a 50 km/h (31 MPH) zone, as the cameras claimed.

Monday, March 28, 2016
France: Speed Cameras Blinded
Vigilantes in France have stopped several speed cameras from issuing tickets with nothing more than a few cans of spraypaint. In Alpes-Maritimes, officials have been using a high-tech armored mobile speed camera platform designed to resist vandalism. The expensive automated ticketing machine on the Route de la Moyenne Corniche was foiled nonetheless by a coat of black spraypaint over its lens. By Thursday, officials had the device repaired and redeployed, Nice-Matin reported.

Friday, March 25, 2016
Tennessee: Passing Sobriety Tests Can Still Result In DUI
A Tennessee motorist who drove normally and, in a judge’s opinion, passed his field sobriety tests will nevertheless stand trial for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). The state Court of Criminal Appeals earlier this month reinstated charges against Anthony John Silva, despite his excellent roadside performance.

Thursday, March 24, 2016
Hawaii Supreme Court Tosses Another Laser Speed Ticket
Police agencies have continue to have a tough time handing out speeding tickets in Hawaii. Over six years ago, the state’s highest court threw out citations based on the LTI 20-20 Ultralyte laser speed gun because the accuracy of its speed estimates was unsubstantiated. Last week, the Hawaii Supreme Court unanimously overturned the speeding ticket issued to motorist Colin Gardner after finding that nothing had changed.

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