Roundup: October 14, 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, October 14, 2015
Australian Auditor Sings The Financial Praises Of Hidden Traffic Cameras
Queensland, Australia’s auditor general is an enthusiastic supporter of photo enforcement. Even though the cameras have issued 3,760,962 tickets generating $667 million in profit for the state government over the past seven years, acting Auditor-General Anthony Close wants to boost those figures. In a report released Tuesday, Close classified the widespread inaccuracy of automated number plate reader (known as ANPR or ALPR) as an impediment to maximizing revenue.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
California Approves License Plate Reader Disclosure
California Governor Jerry Brown (D) last week signed into law a bill that will require police agencies to be up front with the public about the use of cameras that record the identity and movements of drivers. The measure introduced by Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo County), along with a companion bill regarding the Stingray cell phone intercept device, requires public agencies and private companies alike to protect the sensitive data they record.

Monday, October 12, 2015
France, Germany, Italy, UK: Speed Cameras Disabled
In Saint-Etienne, France, patriotic vigilantes disabled a speed camera last week Saturday by painting it with the blue, white and red tricolor pattern of the French flag, Le Progres reported. In Maurepas, vigilantes set fire to the speed camera on the D13 last Monday. According to Le Parisien, a trash bag was put under the automated ticketing machine and set on fire.

Friday, October 9, 2015
Another Texas Town Prepares To Ban Red-Light Cameras
Jersey Village may soon become the seventh city in Texas to outlaw the use of red-light cameras. Barry Klein says he and fellow limited-government activists last weekend secured about a third of the signatures needed to qualify for the May 2016 ballot. The members of Ban the Cams in Jersey Village walked door-to-door in the Houston suburb and found plenty of residents eager to sign the petition to put the cameras’ fate in the hands of voters.

Thursday, October 8, 2015
Pennsylvania Court Makes Dashcam Videos Public Record
Police in Pennsylvania may no longer withhold their dashcam recordings from the public under an appellate ruling handed down on Monday. A three-judge panel of the Commonwealth Court said the Pennsylvania State Police was wrong to deny a motorist’s request for the video recording of a traffic stop.

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