Roundup: November 13, 2013

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 13, 2013
Virginia Supreme Court Saves Toll Roads
Toll roads in Virginia have found themselves in legal limbo since May, but the state’s highest court came to the rescue on October 31. Portsmouth Circuit Court Judge James A. Cales Jr had thrown the industry into chaos with a ruling that found the General Assembly violated the state constitution when it gave the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Elizabeth River Crossings toll road company authority to raise taxes in the form of tolls, which would be taxation without representation. In a 55-page ruling, the Virginia Supreme Court rejected the reasoning of Judge Cales.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Chicago, Illinois: Protesters Prepare Anti-Traffic Camera Petition
By The Expired Meter
Drivers honked, waved and some even stopped to sign petitions in the 4200 block of North Foster Avenue Saturday afternoon in the shadow of the city’s very first speed camera adjacent to Gompers Park in Chicago, Illinois. A small group of about 15 protesters from the Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras, the Cook County Campaign for Liberty and the National Motorists Association lined both sides of Foster holding signs and waving to the many honking cars.

Monday, November 11, 2013
Florida Supreme Court Prepares Red-Light Camera Ruling
Florida’s highest court on Thursday heard oral arguments in the case that will decide whether photo enforcement vendors and municipalities jumped the gun by installing red-light cameras before the state legislature granted the authority to do so. Lawyers for a group of motorists filed class action lawsuits against the cities of Aventura and Orlando seeking refunds of the tickets issued before legislative permission was granted in July 2010.

Sunday, November 10, 2013
France: Fourteen Speed Cameras Burned
Vigilantes in the Bretagne region of France destroyed fourteen speed cameras in the course of a week. At 10:15pm on Friday, the cameras in Chateauneuf d’Ille et Vilaine, Saint-Meloir-des-Ondes, Miniac-Morvan and two in Saint-Malo were set on fire by the anti-speed camera group Argad Resistance Bretonne, Ouest-France reported. Two cameras in Plouigneau, one in Dirinon and one in Moustoir-Ac were burned to the ground.

Friday, November 08, 2013
Ohio: Optotraffic Settles Lawsuit Over Confiscated Speed Cameras
Maryland-based speed camera vendor Optotraffic on Tuesday withdrew its federal lawsuit against Hamilton County, Ohio Sheriff Jim Neil. Optotraffic was furious when Sheriff Neil confiscated the firm’s speed cameras after a Hamilton County Common Pleas judge declared Optotraffic and the village of Elmwood Place in contempt. After losing requests to have an appellate court intervene, Optotraffic voluntarily backed down.

Thursday, November 07, 2013
Red-Light Cameras Losing Ground Nationwide
Setbacks in the automated enforcement industry have have reached the point where the total number of red-light camera and speed camera installations in the United States is on the decline. Redflex Traffic Systems, the second largest provider of automated ticketing machines in America, reported the first ever drop in the number of automated ticketing machines since it entered the market. For more than a dozen years, the Australian firm has enjoyed an unbroken streak, adding cameras year after year, despite the recession and turmoil in the financial markets. The streak came to an abrupt end in 2013, largely due to the bribery scandal in Chicago, Illinois and at least two other cities.

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