Roundup: November 30, 2011

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 30, 2011
North Carolina: Choose Life License Plate Blocked
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) succeeded Monday in having a license plate with the slogan “Choose Life” blocked in North Carolina. US District Court Judge James C. Fox granted the liberal group’s request for a preliminary injunction against issuance of the plate while the lawsuit makes its way through the court.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
US Supreme Court Wrestles with GPS Surveillance of Automobiles
The US Supreme Court earlier this month heard oral arguments in a case that will set the legal boundaries for police GPS surveillance of automobiles. Last year, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit ruled that police were wrong to spend a month tracking the every move of Antoine Jones, who was arrested on October 24, 2005 for drug possession (view opinion). A tracking device had been attached to Jones’s Jeep without judicial approval. The high court judges engaged in heated debate about the rights of motorists in connection with the Fourth Amendment.

Monday, November 28, 2011
Maryland Court: No Redress When City Violates Speed Camera Law
Maryland state law prohibits municipalities from paying contractors to operate speed camera and red light cameras on a per-ticket basis. In an October 27 ruling, the Court of Special Appeals found that localities are free to ignore this legal requirement.

Sunday, November 27, 2011
Germany, Saudi Arabia, UK Speed Cameras and Operators Attacked
Personal attacks step up on speed camera employees in Germany and Saudi Arabia while UK cameras burn.

Friday, November 25, 2011
Missouri: Lt Governor Candidate Campaigns Against Red Light Cameras
A man hoping to land the number-two job in the Missouri state government is hoping his opposition to red light cameras will put his candidacy over the top. Former municipal judge Michael E. Carter earlier this month put his hat in the ring to be the Republican nominee for the lieutenant governor position. His experience on the bench set him against automated ticketing machines.

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