Roundup: October 24, 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, October 24, 2012
Indiana: Driving For Miles With Blinker On is Not a Crime
The familiar sight of a car in the left lane with its turn signal active for miles is no excuse for police to pull the driver over or issue a ticket, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Friday. The state courts had never before considered this particular question until motorist Rodney D. Killebrew II brought it up as a defense to his March 3, 2011 arrest.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
ATS Sues Traffic Camera Competitor Over Patent Infringement
American Traffic Solutions (ATS) once again is using the courts to take on a competitor. On Thursday, the speed camera firm asked the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas to enjoin B&W Sensors, a small, Missouri-based photo ticketing company, from using a video-based speed camera technology that ATS claims infringes on its newly granted patents.

Monday, October 22, 2012
Report Labels Indiana Toll Road an Intergenerational Cash Transfer
A College of William and Mary professor believes the toll road public-private partnerships currently in vogue among transportation bureaucrats may end up costing the public a great deal of money in the long run. John B. Gilmour makes the case in the journal Public Administration Review, using the Indiana Toll Road as an example.

Sunday, October 21, 2012
Maryland, Italy: Speed Camera Toppled, Sign Spun
In Olney, Maryland, a vigilante rammed a speed camera on Tuesday. The force of the blow knocked the automated ticketing machine near Georgia Avenue and King William Drive off its base, WUSA-TV reported.

Friday, October 19, 2012
Kentucky Appeals Court Upholds Random License Plate Scans
Judges in Kentucky have no problem with police randomly scanning the license plates of motorists who are not suspected of any crime. The state Court of Appeals last week upheld the conviction of Timothy Gentry who was stopped on October 3, 2009 because a Lexington police officer conducted what he said was a random license plate scan.

Thursday, October 18, 2012
Redflex Share Value Tumbles as Chicago, Illinois Contract Threatened
Australian investors panicked yesterday as Redflex Traffic Systems admitted they had been caught by the Chicago Tribune newspaper having committed a serious ethical violation. As the news arrived down under, Redflex shares tumbled 14 percent to $1.76 — a low not seen since the beginning of the year.

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