Roundup: May 11, 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.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Texas Town Saves Red-Light Camera Contract
Jersey Village on Saturday became the first town in Texas where red-light cameras have survived a ballot box challenge. Proponents of automated ticketing turned out 675 votes in the Houston suburb while only 366 showed up on the side of the ban — fewer than the 439 that signed the petition putting the ban measure on the ballot in the first place.

Monday, May 9, 2016
France, Italy: Speed Cameras Pushed, Painted
A vigilante in Beausoleil, France disabled a mobile speed camera on the weekend before last. According to Nice Matin, the automated ticketing machine was put out of commission with purple spraypaint, with a phallic decoration added on the side. Pink was the color of choice two weeks ago in Saint-Quentin-sur-Isere where the automated ticketing machine on the RD1532 was disabled, Le Dauphine reported.

Friday, May 6, 2016
Pennsylvania Plans On Dumping Auto Registration Stickers
Beginning on January 1, Pennsylvania motorists will no longer need to place registration stickers on their license plates. The move was intended to give a significant boost to the automated license plate reader (ALPR or ANPR) industry, but it has also kicked off a debate in the General Assembly over whether these stickers are simply a means of generating $29 million in annual citation revenue.

Thursday, May 5, 2016
AIDS Patient Sues Photo Enforcement Firm
An AIDS patient in Maricopa County, Arizona filed a federal lawsuit against American Traffic Solutions (ATS) last month. Scott Darnell, 54, claims the photo ticketing firm refused to cover his disability despite being promised such benefits as a former operations supervisor for the ATS speed camera program in Chicago, Illinois.

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