Roundup: October 1, 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, October 01, 2014
Michigan Lawmaker Makes A Second Run At Imposing Speed Cameras
Automated ticketing machines are not legal in Michigan, home state of the domestic automobile industry. That could change under legislation introduced last month in the state Senate that would create the ideal environment for private companies such as Xerox, American Traffic Solutions (ATS) and Redflex Traffic Systems of Australia to take over traffic enforcement for cash-strapped municipalities and operate without any risk of being challenged.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Texas, New Jersey Motorists Respond To Polls
Motorists sent mixed messages to pollsters about New Jersey’s red-light cameras and a very clear rebuke to the proliferation of toll roads in Texas. The Texas Transportation Institute released the results of its survey of 5153 registered voters on Thursday, inviting respondents to discuss the best strategies for reducing congestion.

Monday, September 29, 2014
Ninth Circuit Outlaws Random Motorist Searches Over Fish
Fishermen may not be randomly stopped while driving and searched by game wardens, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled earlier this month. Since 2000, brothers Matthew and Alex Tarabochia have been targeted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Sunday, September 28, 2014
France, Italy, Saudi Arabia: Speed Cameras Scorched, Shot, Spraypainted
Vigilantes in Ahad Rafidah, Saudi Arabia shot a speed camera van last week Sunday, Al Riyadh reported. The Mitsubishi Nativa’s rear window was smashed by gunfire. Police have no suspects.

Friday, September 26, 2014
DC: Open Container Does Not Justify Car Search
Police officers in Washington, DC were wrong to search cars simply because an open container of alcohol was present. The District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the District’s highest court, ruled Thursday in two cases meant to set the boundaries for an acceptable search and an unacceptable search.

Thursday, September 25, 2014
Hedge Fund Takes Over Redflex Traffic Systems
Redflex Traffic Systems, the Australian photo enforcement firm, hopes a change of management will allow the scandal-plagued company to survive. Paul Clark, a “corporate advisor specializing in debt,” was appointed chief executive officer today.

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