TheNewspaper.com Roundup: September 9, 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, September 9, 2015
California Assembly Passes Bill Limiting Automobile Use
The freedom to get around by automobile could be severely limited in California under legislation that cleared the state assembly on Friday. By a vote of 41 to 27, the lawmakers mandated a fifty percent cut in statewide petroleum use by 2030. The law gives the California Air Resources Board (CARB) sweeping authority to implement rules it believes would bring about that reduction, which has groups like the California Driver’s Alliance concerned that the measure, if adopted by the state Senate and signed into law, will lead to gasoline rationing, punishing taxes at the gas pump or the use of privacy-invading technologies to monitor and limit individual travel.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Federal Appeals Court Overturns Speeding Ticket Perjury Case
California cops cannot have two bites at the apple in bringing a speeding motorist to trial, the Ninth Circuit US Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday. A three-judge federal panel found California’s second-highest court misconstrued the US Constitution when it declared James Kendell Wilkinson guilty of perjury for claiming he was not the man driving 101 MPH on Interstate 405 on January 20, 2007.

Monday, September 7, 2015
France: Speed Cameras Spraypainted And Burned
In Chomerac, France, vigilantes used blue spraypaint to disable a speed camera. According to Le Dauphine, the device had previously been spraypainted orange in July and black in August. In Pomoy, red was the color of choice to put the speed camera on the RN19 out of commission on Saturday, L’Est Republicain reported. The same automated ticketing machine has previously been attacked almost a dozen times since 2008.

Friday, September 4, 2015
California Courts Protect Red-Light Camera Collection Agency
California’s second highest court on Thursday blocked a class action lawsuit against a red-light camera collection agency. Motorist Richard Howard had filed suit against GC Services after he received notices falsely claiming that he owed $680 to the Los Angeles County Superior Court over an unpaid red-light camera citation. The state Court of Appeal refused to allow his claim to be heard by a jury because this was the wrong person, with the wrong lawyer, to bring the case as a class action.

Thursday, September 3, 2015
Study Questions Value of Virginia Beach Red-Light Cameras
Injury accidents increased at the intersections in Virginia Beach, Virginia that used red-light cameras, according to a new study commissioned by the National Motorists Association. According to the analysis by Joe Bahen, an ITE member and licensed engineer, the city’s 13 camera-enforced intersections experienced a 19.5 percent jump in injury and fatal collisions, as compared to the city’s signalized intersections that had no cameras.

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