Each Wednesday, we’ll publish quick summaries of the articles from the last week on TheNewspaper.com. We’re doing this because these articles are often strongly connected to the issues that National Motorists Association members are interested in.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Redflex Bounces Back Overseas, Quarterly Losses Down
Redflex told Australian investors on Tuesday that rumors of its demise were exaggerated. The red-light camera and speed camera firm reported a net loss of just $1.1 million in the first quarter of the 2016 fiscal year — a significant improvement from the previous year’s $3.1 million loss.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Federal Prosecutors Reveal Another Redflex Guilty Plea
Aaron M. Rosenberg escaped serious punishment by openly cooperating with authorities investigating red-light camera corruption in Ohio. Court papers unsealed last week reveal that the former executive vice president of Redflex will not go to prison for bribery because he proved willing to turn on his former colleagues.
Monday, October 19, 2015
Argentina, France, UK: Speed Cameras Tipped, Torched
In Salta, Argentina, a vigilante tipped over a speed camera on October 8. According to La Gaceta Salta, a man tried to wrench the automated ticketing machine on Avenida Paraguay entirely out of the ground, but he left when it tipped over a guardrail.
Friday, October 16, 2015
New Jersey Supreme Court Enhances Warrantless Auto Searches
The New Jersey Supreme Court decided last month to overturn precedent and give police greater authority to search automobiles without judicial review. The 5 to 2 decision nullified the constitutional standard that had been adopted just six years earlier in New Jersey v. Pena-Flores, which said that police officers should apply for warrants by calling a judge and that this requirement could only be ignored in extreme circumstances. The court majority reversed itself, calling the prior decision “unsound in principle and unworkable in practice.”
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Feds To Spend Gas Tax Money To Increase Congestion
Local jurisdictions are increasingly enthusiastic about new trends in road design that include placing obstacles in the road to “slow down” traffic. The plans often involve taking road space away from automobiles for use as dedicated bicycle paths and pedestrian walkways. These localities are now being encouraged by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), which last week announced regulations that would increase congestion by allowing federal gas tax dollars to be spent creating “lower-speed roads.”