Roundup: November 11, 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, November 11, 2015
Los Angeles, California To Seize Spectator Cars
The city council in Los Angeles, California is anxious to seize more automobiles from residents. A plan currently under consideration would give police the power to take cars from people who watch other vehicles speed.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
US Supreme Court Sides With Cops In Deadly Police Chase
Police deserve the benefit of the doubt when using deadly force against a dangerous driver. The US Supreme Court on Monday gave a pass to a Texas state trooper who gunned down a fleeing motorist wanted for a misdemeanor probation violation on March 23, 2010.

Monday, November 9, 2015
France, Germany, Italy, Saudi Arabia, UK: Speed Cameras Under Attack
Vigilantes in Northwich, England set fire to a speed camera last week Monday. According to the Chester Chronicle, a burning tire was used to start the blaze that disabled the A556 Chester Road camera in Sandiway. On Wednesday, a speed camera on the A37 in South Somerset failed to prevent a collision resulting in the camera’s destruction, the Western Gazette reported.

Friday, November 6, 2015
Federal Court Emphasizes Right To Withdraw Search Consent
When a motorist gives consent to a vehicle search during a traffic stop, that consent can be withdrawn. The Fourth Circuit US Court of Appeals last month decided to emphasize this point by ruling against the police officers who ignored Dmytro Patiutka when he told them to stop searching his SUV.

Thursday, November 5, 2015
Virginia Toll Road Suffers Major Legal Setback
A federal court delivered a serious blow to the high occupancy toll lane (HOT lane) scheme in Northern Virginia on Monday. US District Court Judge James C. Cacheris ruled in favor of motorists on almost every major count in their ongoing lawsuit against Transurban, the Australian company in charge of the Interstate 95 and Capital Beltway HOT lanes.

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