Roundup: May 6, 2015

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 6, 2015
Germany, UK: Speed Cameras Attacked, Speed Signs Kill
Baden-Wurttemberg Polizei reported a speed camera van had a fist-sized rock thrown through its window at around 5:25pm on Tuesday last week. A man on a motorcycle hurled the projectile while riding on Neuhauser Strasse in Obereschach, causing an estimated 800 euros (US $895) in damages. Police have no idea who the man might be because he used a piece of cardboard to cover up his license plate.

Tuesday, May 5,  2015
Texas: Company Pays Outsiders To Campaign For Cameras
Early voters are already heading to the polls to decide the future of red-light cameras in Arlington, Texas. A charter amendment on the May 9 ballot would ban photo enforcement, and city officials and their vendors are not happy about it. American Traffic Solutions (ATS) has spared no expense to ensure the measure fails, even busing in paid outsiders to influence voters on the way to the polling stations.

Friday, May 1, 2015
New Jersey Cops May Not Order Passengers Out Of Car
Cops in New Jersey can order a driver out of his car, but not the passenger — at least, not without good reason. That was the conclusion of an appellate panel of the New Jersey Superior Court last month after considering the case against Tawian Bacome, who was driving a Ford Bronco when a pair of detectives set up a sting operation in the late afternoon of April 29, 2011.

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Ohio Lawmakers Fight Back Against Activist Judges
The Ohio state Senate on Monday began consideration of budget legislation designed to overrule local judges who have been blocking minor restrictions on the use of photo enforcement in the state. Under a law that was supposed to take effect in March, a police officer must sit near a red-light camera or speed camera for a photo ticket to be valid. This requirement makes it more expensive for the private companies that run camera programs, sparking lawsuits from upset city officials.

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