Roundup: November 5, 2014

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 05, 2014
Arizona, Ohio, Missouri Jurisdictions Reject Photo Enforcement
Voters in four jurisdictions were emphatic Tuesday in sending the message to local politicians that they do not want speed cameras or red-light cameras in their community. By margins of over 70 percent, residents of Cleveland and Maple Heights, Ohio; Sierra Vista, Arizona (with 3934 votes tallied); and St. Charles County, Missouri voted to add themselves to the growing list of cities and counties that have outlawed photo ticketing.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Iowa Supreme Court Reconsiders Speed Cameras
The Iowa Supreme Court last month heard arguments in a case that could end the use of speed cameras and red-light cameras in the state. Michael Jon Jacobsma is defending himself against an automated ticket issued by a private company in the name of Sioux City. He faces an uphill battle considering the high court in 2008 declared such systems could be used in a split 5 to 4 decision. The high court’s ideological lines appeared not to have shifted much since.

Monday, November 03, 2014
California Judge Tosses Redflex Employment Lawsuit
It will now be up to an Arizona court to decide who is responsible for dealing the red-light camera bribes at Redflex Traffic Systems. Last week, a California judge threw out the unlawful termination case that Aaron M. Rosenberg, a former top executive, filed against Redflex. A federal court also rejected the suit in August. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Susan Bryant-Deason concluded that the case belongs in Arizona.

Sunday, November 02, 2014
France, Italy, Saudi Arabia: Traffic Cameras Under Attack
Malik Ibrahim Zahrani crashed and died while behind the wheel of a speed camera van on the road between Medina and Qassim in Saudi Arabia last week. According to Al Madina, family members blame the speed camera company for forcing employees to work twelve hour shifts four days a week and skimping on vehicle maintenance. Within two hours of the accident, the crushed vehicle was taken to the Saher headquarters. No foul play is suspected.

Friday, October 31, 2014
Ohio Speed Traps Continue To Thrive Under Mayors Courts
Motorists traveling through Ohio’s speed traps often have no opportunity for their case to be heard in front of a neutral judge. In 310 small towns statewide, the mayor or someone he designates decides guilt or innocence of the accused driver, collects the fine and decides how to spend the revenue.

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Florida Judge Bans Public Vote On Red-Light Cameras
Red-light cameras will not be on the ballot in Brooksville, Florida for Tuesday’s election. Hernando County Circuit Court Judge Thomas R. Eineman ruled this week in favor of a private traffic camera vendor and the city in denying the right of citizens to vote on a charter amendment regarding automated ticketing machines. Judge Eineman blocked this vote on the grounds that, if successful, it might block a theoretical future vote on the issue.

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