Roundup: October 26, 2011

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 26, 2011
Missouri Appeals Court Sides with Red Light Cameras
A Missouri appellate court judge with family ties to the red light camera industry led the charge to save photo ticketing programs from legal attack.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Washington: Report Finds Red Light Camera Installation Unjustified
A report released last week by the engineering firm Gibson Traffic Consultants (GTC) found the use of red light cameras unjustified in Bellingham, Washington. The study gathered collision data from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the city to conclude the use of an automated ticketing machine at the intersection of Guide Meridian Road at Telegraph Road was unwarranted.

Monday, October 24, 2011
California: Despite Payment Decline, LA County Rakes in Millions
After news spread that paying a red light camera tickets in Los Angeles County, California is optional, the average number of people paying citations declined by nearly a third. According to an analysis of Los Angeles County Superior Court payment transaction count and revenue data by TheNewspaper, the state, Los Angeles County, municipalities and photo enforcement vendors are losing $1 million per month following the revelation that there is no penalty for tossing a mailed ticket in the trash.

Sunday, October 23, 2011
Poland: Speed Camera Lens Painted Yellow
Vigilantes disabled a speed camera in Poland with spraypaint.

Friday, October 21, 2011
Texas Resident Calls for Investigation Over Bogus Red Light Camera Tickets
Port Lavaca, Texas is refusing to release documents that might reveal whether additional motorists have received automated tickets for running a green light. Yesterday, Byron Schirmbeck, director of, filed a formal complaint with Calhoun County District Attorney Dan Heard over the city’s refusal to comply with the terms of the state open records statute that generally requires the disclosure of public documents within ten days.

Thursday, October 20, 2011
Colorado: Another City Looks to Dump Red Light Cameras
Add Colorado Springs, Colorado to the growing list of cities having second thoughts about the use of red light cameras. On Tuesday, interim Police Chief Pete Carey discussed his intention to drop the year-old program as the contract with vendor American Traffic Solutions (ATS) expires at the end of the year. The mayor, who asked the previous chief to step down, is behind the move.

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