Roundup: October 28, 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 28, 2015
UK Analysis Identifies Speed Camera Danger
The most dangerous place to be on a British road is near a speed camera, according to a new analysis of vehicle telemetry data. Wunelli, a subsidiary of LexisNexis, used its vehicle monitoring technology to document how motorists hit the brakes excessively when approaching 80 percent of the UK’s speed camera locations.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
US House Committee Scales Back Tolling, Expands Speed Cameras
There would be fewer tolls, but more speed cameras, on US roads under a bill that unanimously passed the US House Transportation Committee on Thursday. The sweeping transportation reauthorization measure included provisions altering the rules for tolling an interstate highway, as well as a separate photo enforcement authorization measure.

Monday, October 26, 2015
France, Italy: Speed Cameras Blown Up, Burned
In Mediglia, Italy, vigilantes blew up a speed camera last week Monday. According to Il Giorno, a bomb destroyed the camera located on the road between Milan and Cremona, and a note left near the wreckage warned the city to stop issuing fines. In Piove di Sacco, vigilantes burned the orange “Velo OK” brand speed camera housing to the ground on Tuesday, leaving nothing but a pile of ashes. Camera equipment was not inside the box at the time of the attack, Il Mattino di Padova reported.

Friday, October 23, 2105
Virginia Attorney General Shuts Down School Bus Cameras
For-profit companies may no longer put cameras on school buses for the purpose of mailing photo tickets in Virginia. That was the ruling of Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) earlier this month in a formal opinion earlier this month in response to an inquiry from the Albemarle County attorney. The formal opinion concluded that the school bus photo ticketing program has been violating state law.

Thursday, October 22, 2015
Minnesota: DUI Blood Draw Refusal Cannot Be Criminalized
Minnesota motorists cannot be held guilty of a crime if they refuses to allow a police officer to draw their blood on demand. A divided state Court of Appeals panel came to that conclusion last week after applying the reasoning found in the US Supreme Court’s McNeely decision, which struck down forced motorist blood draws.

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