Roundup: November 7, 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 07, 2012
Three More Cities Vote to Ban Red Light Cameras
Tuesday proved to be another bad day for photo enforcement firms as they lost further ground at the ballot box. Questions on whether red light cameras or speed cameras ought to be banned came before municipal voters in California, New Jersey, Texas and Washington state.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Red Light Cameras Become Hot Campaign Topic in Texas Town
Three city council seats are up for grabs in League City, Texas and the candidates are lining up in opposition to the use of automated ticketing machines. The Houston suburb is one of five municipalities in which voters today will have an opportunity to ban or recommend a ban on the use of automated ticketing machines.

Monday, November 05, 2012
Study Admits Yellow Times Too Short at Intersections
A report by state transportation officials released last week tacitly admitted drivers are being shortchanged when the light at an intersection turns yellow. The National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) released its guidelines on how municipalities can best time their signals for safety. The net result is that most intersections would see yellows extended by roughly half-a-second if the recommendations were adopted.

Sunday, November 04, 2012
UK: Lincolnshire Speed Camera Set on Fire
Vigilantes took out a speed camera in Lincolnshire, England on October 23. A gasoline-filled tire was used to destroy the automated ticketing machine on the A153 Main Road at Anwick, the Sleaford Standard reported. Police have no idea who may be responsible.

Friday, November 02, 2012
Indonesia to Implement Congestion Tax
Indonesia is set to become the next country to implement a congestion tax in its capital city. The provincial government in Jakarta announced on Sunday that the legislation required to set up the electronic road pricing (ERP) system has been adopted and the program will be put in place next year.

Thursday, November 01, 2012
West Virginia: Traffic Stop Cannot Be Used to Justify Home Search
Police may not use a traffic stop as a pretext to enter a man’s “crib,” a federal judge ruled last week. US District Judge Irene M. Keeley last week adopted the findings of a federal magistrate overturning the evidence a Morgantown police officer obtained by following a West Virginia man into his home.

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