TheNewspaper.com Roundup: March 5, 2014


Each Wednesday, we’ll publish quick summaries of the articles from the last week on TheNewspaper.com. We’re doing this because these articles are often strongly connected to the issues that National Motorists Association members are interested in.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014
US Supreme Court Considers Limits Of Deadly Force In Police Chases
Justices of the US Supreme Court on Tuesday began deliberating whether it is acceptable for police to kill a driver and a passenger after a high-speed pursuit that started from a minor infraction. Attorneys made their case in oral arguments outlining the legal implications of the July 18, 2004, shooting that left Donald Rickard and Kelly Allen dead.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Texas Attorney General Orders Camera Company To Produce Documents
Cities and their photo enforcement contractors are often reluctant to respond to freedom of information act requests. Odessa, Texas did its best to suppress a request for emails between city employees and American Traffic Solutions (ATS) by allowing the vendor to argue it was exempt from handing over the documents.

Monday, March 03, 2014
Tennessee Lawmakers Take On Roadblocks, License Scanners
The Tennessee General Assembly is taking steps to rein in roadblocks and the use of license plate scanners by police. On Wednesday, the state House Criminal Justice Committee will consider a Senate-passed legislation prohibiting police from participating in roadblocks designed to collect DNA from motorists. On the same day, the House Transportation Subcommittee will take up another Senate-passed bill to limit the use of automated license plate readers (ALPR, also known as ANPR in Europe).

Sunday, March 02, 2014
Arizona, Ohio, France: Speed Cameras Ridiculed, Disabled
A speed camera failed to prevent an accident in Prescott Valley, Arizona last week Sunday. The Prescott Valley Tribune reports that a driver slammed into the automated ticketing machine on Glassford Hill Road and Long Look Drive, knocking it over completely. Police have no idea who might be responsible.

Friday, February 28, 2014
Activists in Los Angeles, California Push For Vote On Parking Ticket Reform
Motorists fed up with parking tickets in Los Angeles, California are fighting back. Each year, the city hits drivers with one-third of a billion in various charges, fees and fines related to parking. A federal lawsuit was filed on Monday arguing the fees are excessive, and a separate effort to force reform through a ballot initiative.

Thursday, February 27, 2014
Italy: Top Cop Arrested For Speed Camera Bribery
Prosecutors on Tuesday charged Andrea Saroldi, the police commander in the small seaside town of Spotorno, Italy, with extortion, bribery and fraud related to speed camera contracts. At a press conference Wednesday, Savona assistant prosecutor Daniela Pischetola announced the results of an investigation dubbed “Hot Velox” (autovelox is the Italian word for speed camera).

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