Roundup: May 25, 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, May 25, 2016
Federal Judge: Motorist Looking Forward Is Not Suspicious
Police in Sioux City, Iowa on the hunt for a criminal suspect may not pull over and question every motorist in the area and then make up reasons for doing so after the fact. That was the ruling of US District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers earlier this month in considering the rather implausible tale officers told regarding the February 12, 2015 traffic stop of Barbara Joan Lopp.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
North Carolina Court: Police Must Respect Registration Grace Period
Greensboro, North Carolina Police Detective Marcus R. McPhatter was staking out a gas station convenience store on the morning of October 6, 2014 when he saw a couple dropped off by a bus walk inside. The man briefly checked out McPhatter’s unmarked car before walking back into the store. Once a burgundy Buick rolled in to a parking spot, the man and woman left the store, got in the car, and drove away.

Monday, May 23, 2016
France, Italy: Speed Cameras Painted, Rammed, Torched
In Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France, vigilantes on Tuesday disabled the mobile speed camera on Notre-Dame-Bon-Voyage Avenue by covering it with the colors of the French flag, according to Nice Matin. In Haute-Loire, the speed camera on the RD590 near Ceyssac had its lenses covered by fluorescent green spraypaint, Le Progres reported. On Thursday, the speed camera on the D771 in Saint-Vincent-des-Landes was destroyed with burning bicycle tires, according to Ouest France.

Friday, May 20, 2016
US DOT Report: School Bus Drivers Remain Greatest Danger To Kids
Motorists illegally passing school buses are not harming school children in large numbers. Figures released last week by the US Department of Transportation confirm once again that school bus drivers are three times more likely to run over a child than cars traveling near the school bus.

Thursday, May 19, 2016
Indiana: Court Rejects Arrest Of Woman Who Ran Over Self
An Indiana police officer had no business pulling over a woman simply because she had run herself over earlier in the day. That was the conclusion of the Indiana Court of Appeals last week in reviewing the case of Mary Osborne, who on December 14, 2014 forgot to use the parking brake on her black BMW at a Marathon gas station in Fishers. The car rolled backward and briefly pinned her under the car.

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