Roundup: March 6, 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 06, 2013
Vermont Supreme Court Upholds Visual Estimate Of Speeding
A police officer in Vermont can now pull over any vehicle if he has a feeling it may be speeding. The state’s highest court concluded last Friday that a visual estimate of speed sufficed to justify a traffic stop.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Redflex Admits Bribery Scheme in Two More Cities
Chicago, Illinois is not the only city where employees of Redflex Traffic Systems have bribed US officials. In a conference call with shareholders on Tuesday, the Australian photo enforcement firm’s interim chairman, Michael McConnell, made the admission as he vowed to restore the “ethical compass” of Redflex.

Monday, March 04, 2013
More Redflex Executives Fall Over Bribery Scandal
Heads continue to roll at Redflex Traffic Systems in the wake of an unfolding bribery scandal uncovered in Chicago, Illinois. The Australian photo enforcement firm admitted today that what it once called a $910 “billing error” — the cost of a free room in a luxury hotel for John Bills, a city contracting official — was part of a much larger, illegal influence scheme headed by Marty O’Malley, a Redflex consultant.

Sunday, March 03, 2013
Maryland, Australia, France, Russia, UK: Speed Cameras Attacked
Vigilantes in Baltimore County, Maryland pried open a speed camera housing last weekend. According to WBAL Radio, the camera unit was not in the housing on Cromwell Bridge Road, but the flash and some other electronics were damaged.

Friday, March 01, 2013
Patent Troll Goes After Red Light Camera Company
The country’s largest photo enforcement company is being sued for patent infringement. American Traffic Solutions (ATS) was served earlier this month by Joao Control and Monitoring Systems LLC, a company that has no customers and offers no products other than lawsuits. On Wednesday, the case was assigned to Judge Christopher J. Burke in the US District Court for the District of Delaware.

Thursday, February 28, 2013
UK: Complaint Lodged Against Dodgy Speed Camera Statistics
Do advertisements touting the benefits of speed cameras meet the legal definition of false advertising? The Alliance of British Drivers (ABD) thinks so. Malcolm Heymer, a retired civil engineer with thirty years of experience who advises the group, filed a complaint last week with the UK Advertising Standards Authority, an independent agency that enforces UK laws against false advertising.

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