Roundup: August 3, 2011

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, August 3, 2011
Houston Residents Unload on City Council Over Red Light Decision
Hundreds of Houston, Texas residents swarmed the city council chambers yesterday to complain about the reactivation of red light cameras. Voters in November enacted a charter amendment banning the use of automated ticketing machines, but a federal judge worked with the city attorney and vendor American Traffic Solutions (ATS) to nullify the election so that the cameras could come back.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Chicago School Crossing Guards To Write Parking Tickets
Every morning, children who walk to school are familiar with the smiling, friendly faces and the outstretched arms of their local crossing guard who ensures they get safely to class each day during the school year. But what do crossing guards do when school’s out for summer? At least some of the friendly faced school crossing guards are spending their summer vacation writing parking tickets to Chicago drivers on behalf of the city.

Monday, August 1, 2011
Federal Court OKs Personal Information on Parking Tickets
The Village of Palatine, Illinois prints the personal information of vehicle owners — including their address, driver’s license number, date-of-birth and weight — on parking tickets left under the windshield wipers of their automobiles. In a ruling handed down last month, the Seventh US Circuit Court of Appeals found no problem with this procedure.

Sunday, July 31, 2011
Australia, Germany, Saudi Arabia, UK: Vigilantes Attack Traffic Cameras
Ticket cameras were pelted, grabbed and burned throughout the world over the past two weeks.

Friday, July 29, 2011
Washington: Anti-Camera Referendum Sponsors Fight Back
Backers of ballot initiatives that would ban photo enforcement in a number of cities in Washington state are fighting back against municipal efforts to silence their vote.

Thursday, July 28, 2011
Los Angeles, California Red Light Camera Program Officially Canceled
The city council voted unanimously to drop the program primarily over the county court system’s refusal to enforce unpaid tickets, depriving the city of millions in expected revenue.

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