Roundup: September 28, 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, September 28, 2011
Constitutional Rights Group Challenges Warrantless GPS Tracking
A powerful group of political figures issued a report last week condemning law enforcement’s unchecked use of high-tech surveillance system. The Constitution Project is troubled in particular by the ease with which a person’s movements can be tracked 24 hours a day.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Florida Appeals Court Strikes Down Loud Car Music Law
A Florida law prohibiting the blasting of loud music from automobiles violates the first amendment, the Florida Court of Appeals, Fifth District, ruled on September 16.

Monday, September 26, 2011
Missouri: Violations Still Down with Longer Yellows
Photo enforcement advocates downplay the benefit of increased yellow time in addressing the problem of red light running. New evidence from Arnold, Missouri shows that red light cameras continue to flash at a much lower rate since the state mandated longer signal timing at a number of photo-enforced intersections.

Sunday, September 25, 2011
France: Speed Camera Set Ablaze
A speed camera in Limoges, France was destroyed with fire.

Friday, September 23, 2011
Texas: Red Light Camera Tickets a Man Running a Green Light
Cities that use automated ticketing machines at intersections routinely assert two things: The camera does not lie, and at least three humans review each citation before it is dropped in the mail. That did not happen in Port Lavaca, Texas. On September 12, Port Lavaca Police Sergeant Kelly Flood signed a ticket accusing Dale Price of running a red light and demanding he pay $75 by October 12, but the light was green.

Thursday, September 22, 2011
Italy: More Indictments in Photo Enforcement Scandal
An Italian court ruled Tuesday that a group of mayors, police officers and speed camera company employees would stand for trial four months from now on charges of criminal conspiracy, fraud, embezzlement, abuse of office. Judge Anna Rosa Capuozzo ruled that fifteen individuals should be indicted.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Massachusetts: Supreme Court Approves Charging Innocent Ticket Recipients
Motorists issued a traffic ticket in Massachusetts will have to pay money to the state whether or not they committed the alleged crime. According to a state supreme court ruling handed down yesterday, fees are to be imposed even on those found completely innocent. The high court saw no injustice in collecting $70 from Ralph C. Sullivan after he successfully fought a $100 ticket for failure to stay within a marked lane.

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