Roundup: November 28, 2012

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 28, 2012
New Jersey DOT Documents Accident Severity Spike with Red Light Cameras
Traffic accident injuries spiked at the intersections where red light cameras were installed in New Jersey, according to a report released Monday by the state Department of Transportation (NJDOT). Under the state law that authorized photo ticketing program in 2008, NJDOT officials must closely monitor the 25 municipalities and 83 intersections using automated ticketing machines. The department’s second annual report found the total number of accidents at these intersections increased a statistically insignificant amount one year after the devices were installed — from 577 before the devices were installed to 582 collisions with ticketing in place. The number of rear end collisions increased a significant 20 percent.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
DC: Audit Shows Parking Ticket Contract Mismanaged
Meter maids issue more than three tickets for every single resident of Washington, DC every year. Employees of the private contractor Affiliated Computer Services (ACS, now a part of Xerox) and other DC departments issue a total of 2.5 million citations. The revenue generated has been so substantial a report by the city’s inspector general issued November 15 suggests officials are not interested in doing anything to upset the existing system.

Monday, November 26, 2012
Illinois: How a $600 Car Racked Up $100,000 in Parking Tickets
By The Expired Meter
One particular car has set the Chicago, Illinois record for most parking violations and fines. The city claims Jennifer Fitzgerald owes $105,761.80 for the debt Chicago officials say the 31 year old, single mother of one owes for parking violations issued to a 1999 Chevy Monte Carlo registered in her name.

Sunday, November 25, 2012
Maryland, France, Italy, UAE: Speed Cameras Under Attack
Vigilantes in Silver Spring, Maryland knocked over a trio of speed cameras around November 18. The automated ticketing machines were located near the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Sixteenth Street, WJLA-TV reported. In Gaithersburg, vigilantes struck a speed cameras on Quince Orchard Road, covering the lens with shaving cream or some other type of foam.

Friday, November 23, 2012
Illinois Supreme Court Considers HOA Speeding Tickets
An Illinois motorist is fighting back against his homeowners association (HOA) for pulling over motorists and issuing speeding tickets. Kenneth E. Poris made his case before the state’s highest court on Tuesday. Poris owns one of the 2000 single-family homes that comprise the Lake Holiday Property Owners Association where a blanket 25 MPH speed limit is in effect. On October 20, 2008, Poris was accused of driving his truck at 34 MPH on Farmer’s Road.

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