Roundup: October 30, 2013

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 30, 2013
German Supreme Court OKs Parking In Front Of Speed Cameras
Earlier this year the Federal Court of Justice of Germany, the country’s supreme court, upheld the right of citizens to park in front of a mobile speed camera vehicle and block its ability to issue tickets. The case came about after a driver flashed for driving 43km/h (27 MPH) decided to get even by parking his van in front of the radar unit and walking off to go about his business in June 2011.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Illinois: Xerox To Run Largest Red-Light Camera Program In World
By The Expired Meter and DNAinfo Chicago
The world’s largest copier manufacturer will now oversee the nation’s largest red-light camera program, the city of Chicago confirmed Friday. The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced it has finalized the $44 million contract with Xerox to run the cameras for the next five years. There are options to renew it three times at two years per extension.

Monday, October 28, 2013
Minnesota Supreme Court Upholds Warrantless DUI Tests
A man arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) three times in Minnesota convinced the US Supreme Court to tell his state’s courts to re-consider his case regarding the warrantless testing of drunk-driving suspects. The Minnesota Supreme Court responded Wednesday by ruling that the warrantless testing of suspected drunk drivers does not violate a recent US Supreme Court precedent.

Sunday, October 27, 2013
Italy, Russia: Speed Camers Grabbed, Beheaded
In Villasanta, Italy, vigilantes on Friday decapitated four of the town’s seven speed cameras. According to Il Giorno Monza Brianza, the “Velo Ok” automated ticketing machines were located on the Via Resega, Via Da Vinci, Via Segantini and Via Vecellio.

Friday, October 25, 2013
Louisiana: Federal Judge OKs Drug Dog Search In Driveway
The trial of Rickey Nikki Beene proceeds this week with prosecutors given a Friday deadline to justify admission of evidence that came from searching the man’s driveway on June 1, 2012 in Haynesville, Louisiana. Officers Danny Mills and Trent Crook were at a party at Police Chief Anthony Smith’s house when they received a call that Beene had pulled a gun near the Mill Street Apartment Complex. From there, Beene then drove his gray Honda Accord to his residence, where police caught up to him. As Beene pulled into the driveway and exited his Honda, Officer Mills pulled up and got out of his squad car. Beene was ordered to stop and put his hands on the trunk so he could be placed under arrest.

Thursday, October 24, 2013
California To Start Electronic License Plate Pilot Program
License plates were once a simple thing made of cheaply printed metal stamped by low-cost prison labor. Powerful lobbyists in Sacramento were able to convince the California legislature to replace this simple identification tag with a much more complicated electronic system. Governor Jerry Brown (D) earlier this month signed into law a measure creating a pilot program that will issue 160,000 electronic license plates through January 2017.

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