Roundup: November 18, 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 18, 2015
Virginia Court Upholds Air Freshener Stop
Virginia police can stop and search any car with an air freshener hanging from the rear view mirror under a state Court of Appeals ruling handed down yesterday. A three-judge panel decided that it makes no difference whether Virginia’s statute banning objects hanging from the mirror is constitutional. The court only last year felt otherwise, deciding in Mason v. Virginia that a three inch by five inch parking pass hanging from the rearview mirror was not an “obstruction” under this law.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Missouri Judge Upholds Public Right To Oust Red-Light Cameras
The public has the final say in whether red-light cameras are used in their community under a ruling handed down Monday by Missouri Circuit Judge Daniel G. Pelikan. The cities of St. Peters, O’Fallon and Lake Saint Louis became enraged last year after 73 percent of voters in St. Charles County adopted a charter amendment prohibiting automated ticketing machines.

Monday, November 16, 2015
France, UK: Speed Cameras Burned, Blocked
Vigilantes in East Lothian, Scotland scorched a speed camera last week Saturday. According to the East Lothian Courier, the automated ticketing machine had been issuing tickets on the A1 near Bankton Junction. The device was completely destroyed.

Friday, November 13, 2015
Alabama: Veteran Takes Camera Ticket To Federal Court
A military veteran in Phenix City, Alabama does not appreciate how the town has been targeting Fort Benning soldiers. So Jerry Paul Carroll decided to turn the tables on Phenix City and its vendor, Redflex Traffic Systems of Australia. When he was charged with violating the city’s red-light camera ordinance, he filed a counterclaim that is now being heard in a federal courtroom. On Monday, US Magistrate Judge Gray M. Borden gave Carroll until the end of next week to convince him that the case should not be sent back to state court.

Thursday, November 12, 2015
California Toll Roads Accused Of Privacy Breach
Toll roads in Orange County, California are violating federal laws designed to guard against identity theft. That is the contention of Tustin resident Robert Cohen in a class action lawsuit filed last month in the US District Court for the Central District of California.

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