Roundup: November 4, 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 4, 2015
Tucson, Arizona Voters Reject Traffic Cameras
Tucson, Arizona on Tuesday became the third Arizona city to outlaw the use of red-light cameras and speed cameras at the ballot box. By a margin of 65.5 percent to 34.5 percent, residents approved Proposition 201, which will send the city’s private vendor, American Traffic Solutions (ATS), packing.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Red- Light Cameras Fail To Reduce Accidents In Tucson, Arizona
As voters in Tucson, Arizona head to the polls today to decide the fate of automated ticketing machines, an analysis shows the use of red-light cameras since 2007 has failed to reduce accidents. Peoria resident Ryan Denke produced the report using the Arizona Department of Transportation’s database of traffic accidents covering the years 2005 through 2014.

Monday, November 2, 2015
France, Germany, UK: Speed Cameras Burned, Painted
Vigilantes in East Sussex, England destroyed a speed camera last week Sunday. According to the Sussex Express, a burning tire was used to destroy the county’s most profitable automated ticketing machine, which was located on the A22 Eastbourne Road at Halland.

Friday, October 30, 2015
Study Uses Red-Light Cameras To Test Racial Bias
Researchers set out earlier this year to arrive at a more definitive answer the question of whether police pull over a disproportionate number of minorities. Many previous studies have looked at this question simply by comparing the number of traffic stops involving Hispanic or black to the racial composition of the jurisdiction, which only offers a crude idea of whether bias may be present.

Thursday, October 29, 2015
License Plate Reader Security Flaw Exposed
Law enforcement agencies around the country are undermining the privacy of motorists by failing to secure data from automated license plate readers (ALPR, also known as ANPR in Europe). The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) on Wednesday revealed that five agencies in California, Florida and Louisiana left their camera systems exposed to the public on web pages that did not require passwords or other strong forms of security.

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