Roundup: October 29, 2014

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 29, 2014
Court: No Relief For Man Falsely Accused Of Running Red Light
Lawrence E. Armstrong, a white man, was penalized because he shared a similar name with a Mitsubishi-driving black man who was photographed in California running a red light. In that state, red-light camera tickets carry license points, so Armstrong’s insurance rates went up. Armstrong filed a lawsuit against American Traffic Solutions (ATS) and Amco Insurance over the incident, but a federal judge last week decided there was nothing the court could do about it.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Oregon Appellate Court Says No To Courtroom DUI Test
There is nothing surprising about a motorist pulled to the side of the road being told he has no right to refuse testing when suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). Oregon’s Court of Appeals considered a rather unique twist on this scenario last week as a driver was told she had absolutely no right to refuse a DUI test in front of a jury in a courtroom.

Monday, October 27, 2014
Analysis: Guilty Plea Spells Trouble For Redflex In Corruption Trial
Redflex Traffic Systems, the embattled Australian photo ticketing company, faces an uphill battle maintaining its innocence now that a key party is turning state’s evidence. On Wednesday, Martin O’Malley notified US District Judge Virgina M. Kendall that he would change his plea from not guilty to guilty at a December 10 hearing in the Chicago, Illinois red-light camera bribery case.

Sunday, October 26, 2014
France, Italy: Traffic Cameras Shot, Scorched, Smashed, Spraypainted
In Cilento, Italy, vigilantes shot the speed camera in Agropoli on Thursday. According to Salerno Today, the device was completely destroyed by shotgun slug rounds that took out all three of the device’s lenses.

Friday, October 24, 2014
New Hampshire Supreme Court Takes Up Meter Feeding
Officials in the city of Keene, New Hampshire are irate that a band of residents calling themselves Robin Hood of Keene have been feeding the parking meters to prevent the issuance of parking tickets. The Robin Hood group documents its activities on YouTube, which means members often end up following one of the city’s three meter maids with a video camera. In a lawsuit that went before the state Supreme Court earlier this month, the city insisted that the court provide injunctive relief to thwart the activities of the meter feeding activists.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Florida Court Of Appeal Strikes Down Rental Car Photo Ticket
Florida cities already reeling from last week’s Court of Appeal decision striking down the outsourcing of red-light camera ticket issuance and review to for-profit vendors received more bad news Wednesday. The same court struck down red-light camera tickets issued to motorists who rented a car prior to July 2013.

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