Roundup: March 27, 2017 Roundup: March 27, 2017

In this week’s Roundup! –CA Man sues traffic court over conflict of Interest– –DE Town refunds rlc fines– –VA scolds IIHS over illegal use of speed cams– Friday, March 24, 2017 California Man Sues Traffic Court Over Conflict Of Interest Every judge in a California traffic court case has a personal financial stake in […]

Living in the shadows

Today I’ll discuss another parallel between American’s tough-on-pot and tough-on-speed laws: both are “penumbral crimes,” laws that are widely violated, poorly enforced, and not taken seriously. Margaret Raymond‘s 2002 paper on the subject had a strong influence on my thinking. She explained, “penumbral crimes reflect failed attempts to use law to shape social norms.” These […]

Dead Pool 2020

Dead Pool 2020

Less than three years from now, there could easily be three fewer car companies left on the field. One is the victim of a bad marriage, the other a victim of Uncle and the last a victim of its own bad decisions. In no particular order, they are: *Mitsubishi – The other day, the company […]

How Campbell, California breaks the speed trap law

I may be returning to Campbell, California, and this time I decided to check out the city’s speed survey first. How else could I know what the speed limit signs really mean? California has strict rules governing city speed limits. Hopefully after seeing what I did you’ll be able to repeat the process with your […]

It’s like “Operation” with cars

The First Circuit Court of Appeals recently ducked an opportunity to clarify a common pretext for traffic stops. A police officer got a tip that a man might have some drugs. But we can’t just go around searching cars because there might be drugs inside. Not in America. We wait for the car wheels to […]