Roundup: October 3, 2016

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Friday, September 30, 2016
North Carolina: Traffic Stop Must Be Based On An Actual Violation Of Law
Two years ago, the US Supreme Court upheld a traffic stop in which the motorist had done nothing wrong. The justices ruled that as long as the officer’s mistake was “reasonable,” the stop would be considered valid. In its first opportunity to test the boundaries of this principle last week, the North Carolina Court of Appeals threw out the charges against Antwon Leerandall Eldridge.

Thursday, September 29, 2016
Virginia: Group Seeks Sanctions Against Unauthorized Speed Camera Use
Speed cameras are banned in Virginia, but that did not stop the insurance industry from deploying them on state highways. As part of an effort to promote the issuance of speeding tickets, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the for-profit contractor Brekford set up ten radar units that they used to photograph the faces of motorists and identify them through Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) records. The group used the data collected to call for lowering of speed limits.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Researchers Find Speed Cameras Vulnerable To Hacking
Researchers earlier this month announced they had uncovered security vulnerabilities in the speed camera models used in several countries. According to Vladimir Dashchenko and Denis Makrushin from Kaspersky Lab, these devices can be easily manipulated. The results were published in a security conference paper about the security hazards in smart cities.

Tuesday, September 27, 2017
New Jersey Bridgegate Trial Turns Congestion Into A Crime
Did New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) know that his underlings intentionally caused a massive traffic jam for political payback? That is the underlying question in the Bridgegate trial, which continued in its second week of testimony on Monday. Federal prosecutors insist that Christie’s staff shut down local access toll lanes on the George Washington Bridge between November 9 and 13, 2013, with the intention of creating a massive traffic jam for morning commuters in Fort Lee.

Monday, September 26, 2016
France, Italy: Acts Of God, Spraypaint Disables Cameras
An act of God took out the speed camera on the highway between Lecce and Novoli, Italy, less than a month after it had been installed. Repubblica Bari reported that the deeply unpopular device had sparked a petition to the local government demanding an increase in the speed limit. The camera was carefully positioned in a short stretch where the limit is lowered from 50 km/h (31 MPH) to 40 km/h (25 MPH).

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