Roundup: November 20, 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 20, 2013
Pennsylvania: Man Arrested For Criticizing Cops Speeding Sues
A school teacher is seeking compensation after he was arrested in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for criticizing police officers who violated the speed limit. The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania filed a lawsuit on Tuesday on behalf of Dennis Henderson, who spent twelve hours in jail.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Speed Camera Firm Brekford Announces Financial Trouble
Brekford Corporation, a Maryland-based operator of red-light camera and speed camera programs, is hemorrhaging cash. In a quarterly report filed on Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company announced that it has lost $968,960 so far this year, off 587 percent from its 2012 result.

Monday, November 18, 2013
Ohio Court Of Appeals Blocks Red-Light Camera Scam
Though many view red-light cameras as a way for cities to extract money from the public, the Ohio Court of Appeals on Friday shut down what it saw as one man’s attempt to use the cameras to make money off of a city. A three-judge panel rejected Edward Verhovec’s demand for records about the traffic camera program operated on the city’s behalf by Redflex Traffic Systems, an Australian company. Verhovec had filed public information requests, working as an investigator for attorney Paul Cushion.

Sunday, November 17, 2013
Maryland, France, Germany, Italy, UK: Worldwide Speed Camera Massacre
Around the world, more than sixty speed cameras have been destroyed in the space of two weeks. The large-scale revolt began October 31 in Bretagne, France where more than 50 of the region’s 106 cameras have been taken out of service. The movement soon spread to three other regions. According to L’Express, vigilantes wearing red hats say they are destroying the automated ticketing machines to protest the “ecotax” meant to hit truck owners beginning January 1 with a GPS per-mile levy. The government has retreated from implementing the tax in light of widespread protests.

Thursday, November 14, 2013
Maryland: Speed Camera Cash Used To Shock, Shoot And Spy On Drivers
Under Maryland law, jurisdictions that operate speed cameras face strict limits on how much revenue can be generated and what local officials can buy with the money. Last month, the city council in Salisbury voted unanimously to take the automated ticketing cash and buy Glock training handguns, Tasers and a device that police can use to crack passwords and download data off the cell phones of motorists during a traffic stop.

Thursday, November 14, 2013
Iowa: Court Rules Against Cops For Pulling Over New Cars
Judges around the country disagree on whether police should have the authority to pull over a motorist driving a new car when it has a legally displayed, temporary license tag. California’s highest court ruled in 2008 that police could not subject the 2.4 million drivers issued temporary permits every year to random traffic stops. North Dakota’s Supreme Court came to the opposite conclusion the same year.

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