Roundup: October 31, 2016

In this week’s Roundup!

-More craziness with the Chicago Redflex Corruption Case

-Income-based Per-mile Driving Tax Recommendations

-No Safety Benefit from RLC

Friday, October 28, 2016
Chicago, Illinois Seeks Gag Order In Redflex Corruption Case
Worried at the prospect of embarrassing information leaking out of its court case against Redflex Traffic Systems, the city of Chicago, Illinois on Thursday asked US District Court Judge John J. Tharp Jr to impose an order blocking public access to material marked “confidential” during the discovery phase of the trial. The Australian red-light camera vendor shared the city’s desire to secrecy.

Thursday, October 27, 2016
Maryland Academics Propose Income-Based Per-Mile Driving Tax
For academics at the University of Maryland (UMD), merely collecting a toll from drivers for every mile they drive is not enough. UMD College Park researchers Di Yang, Eirini Kastrouni and Lei Zhang insist in a recent academic paper that motorists should pay a proportionally higher tax that is based on their income. Published in the journal Transport Policy, the article argues that a new variable-rate vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax could supplement transportation funds being rapidly depleted by increased spending on transit infrastructure.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Report: No Safety Benefit From San Francisco, California Cameras
Extending the length of yellow times and improving traffic signal visibility did far more to reduce accidents than installing red-light cameras in San Francisco, California. That was the conclusion of the latest annual report from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which documented injury broadside collision rates at photo enforced intersections over twenty years.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Texas: Group Calls On Austin To Refund Illegally Issued Photo Tickets
Local activists are stepping up their fight against the questionable use of red-light cameras in Texas. On Friday, the Campaign for Liberty urged its members in the Austin area to pressure the city council into refunding eight years worth of automated citations. The free market group points out that the city has failed to meet the minimum requirements for operating a camera program, as spelled out in state law.

Monday, October 24, 2016
French Speed Cameras Torched, Painted
In Danjoutin, France, vigilantes on Sunday spraypainted a mobile speed camera that had been set up on the highway between Montbeliard and Belfort, Est Republicain reported. Black paint was used to cover the camera lens and prevent ticketing, while slogans were added to the side, saying “Down with the racket. Thief.” On Friday, blue spraypaint was used to take out the automated ticketing machine on the RD791 in Planguenoual, according to Le Telegramme. In Reims, vigilantes torched the speed camera near Taittinger last week L’Union reported.

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