TheNewspaper.com Roundup: October 7, 2015

Each Wednesday, we’ll publish quick summaries of the articles from the last week on TheNewspaper.com. We’re doing this because these articles are often strongly connected to the issues that National Motorists Association members are interested in.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Credit Report Settlement Threatens Automated Ticketing Industry
In many states, the only penalty for failing to pay a red light camera or speed camera ticket is a black mark on a driver’s credit score. That leverage is no more, thanks to a $6 million settlement reached between thirty-one state attorneys general and credit reporting agencies Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. The sweeping agreement will protect consumers by limiting the ability of for-profit photo ticketing companies from affecting the credit of vehicle owners.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Third Guilty Plea In Redflex Red Light Camera Scandal
A lobbyist for Redflex Traffic Systems on Friday became the latest to fall in the ongoing federal photo enforcement corruption investigation. John P. Raphael, 60, told the US Department of Justice that he would plead guilty to arranging campaign donations from the Australian firm in return for local political support for the use of automated ticketing machines in Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio.

Monday, October 5, 2015
France, Germany, Italy, UK: Speed Cameras Trashed
Vigilantes torched a speed camera in Slough, England on Wednesday, according to the Slough and South Bucks Express. The automated ticketing machine on Stoke Poges Lane burst into flames some time after midnight. Police have no idea who might be responsible.

Friday, October 2, 2015
Virginia Lawmakers Challenge I-66 Tolling Plan
The Republican leadership in Virginia’s House of Delegates may throw a wrench into Governor Terry McAuliffe’s (D) plan to turn Interstate 66 into a toll road. I-66 is one of the most heavily congested routes leading into Washington, DC, and the House speaker, majority leader and majority whip gathered on a rainy Thursday in Falls Church to speak out against the tolling plan.

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