Roundup: November 12, 2014

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 12, 2014
UK Town Voters Overwhelmingly Reject 20 MPH Speed Limit
Voters in the West Sussex, England town of Worthing this week rejected lowering the speed limit on residential roads to 20 MPH. The move comes after New York City, New York lowered its citywide limit to 25 MPH on Friday. In both cases, the lowering was promoted as a “safety” measure.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Oregon Appeals Court Revisits Car Impounded In Driveway
After seven years, the second-highest court in Oregon has resolved the question of whether a police officer may impound an automobile that is parked in the owner’s driveway. The Oregon Court of Appeals for the third time took up the case of Richard Chaves Gonzales, who reached his own driveway before Cornelius Police Department Officer Blood could perform a traffic stop.

Monday, November 10, 2014
North Carolina: Court Denies Lawyer In DUI Blood Draw
Several states have begun cracking down on the practice of drawing blood by force from motorists in light of the US Supreme Court’s McNeely decision, but not North Carolina. The state Court of Appeals decided last week that motorists suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) may not have access to legal counsel if they are having their blood forcibly drawn pursuant to a search warrant.

Sunday, November 09, 2014
France, Thailand, UK: Traffic Cameras Under Attack
In Nuneaton, England, vigilantes used a burning tire to destroy a speed camera yesterday. According to the Nuneaton News, firefighters responded to the blaze at around 1:30am.

Friday, November 07, 2014
Italy: Speed Camera Corruption Leads To Jail Time
Italian prosecutors have been investigating hundreds of local police chiefs, mayors and the CEOs of photo enforcement companies over the course of nearly a decade. Although some charges have been dismissed, some remain pending, and a court has last week imposed a prison sentence for two individuals convicted of speed camera corruption.

Thursday, November 06, 2014
Voters Reject Toll Roads And Misuse Of Motorist Funding
Motorists had their say at the ballot box in a number of states Tuesday. In addition to outlawing automated ticketing machines in four jurisdictions, voters responded to a number of state and local initiatives and proposed state constitutional amendments of interest to the driving public. Tolling and tax hikes were rejected, while measures that ensured taxes on motorists were actually used on road projects proved popular.

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