Roundup: September 7, 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 7, 2011
Washington: Appeals Court Blocks Binding Vote on Photo Ticketing
The Washington Court of Appeals delivered a big win to American Traffic Solutions (ATS), the photo enforcement firm that has fought hard to prevent the public from voting on red light cameras and speed cameras. The appellate judges sided with ATS, which argued Bellingham residents have no right to decide whether or not automated ticketing machines can be used in their city.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Ohio: No Traffic Stop for Snow-covered License Plate
Police cannot initiate a traffic stop for a snow-covered license plate once the snow falls away from the plate, the Ohio Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.

Monday, September 5, 2011
Federal Court: Traffic Stop Does Not Justify Home Entry
A police officer has no right to pursue a minor traffic stop into a home, according to a ruling handed down Wednesday by the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Sunday, September 4, 2011
France, Germany: Speed Cameras Blown Up, Painted, Swiped
Explosives destroyed a French speed camera. Meanwhile German traffic cameras were painted orange and swiped.

Friday, September 2, 2011
Initiatives to End Photo Enforcement Scheduled for Upcoming Elections
Voters in at least seven cities will soon have a chance to decide whether to prohibit the use of red light cameras and speed cameras. Initiatives are being certified for the ballot in five states across the country, despite an all-out effort by photo ticketing firms to block any public role in the matter. Early voting is already underway in Albuquerque, New Mexico for the October 4 municipal election.

Thursday, September 1, 2011
North Dakota Supreme Court: Drivers Not Searched Under Auto Exception
Just because police can search an automobile does not mean they can search its driver, according to an August 15 ruling by the North Dakota Supreme Court.

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