This is a weekly feature on the NMA Blog, running each Friday, where we highlight seven of the most interesting driving news stories of the week.
Washington D.C.: Speed-camera program a cash cow, mayor claims ignorance
Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray will likely face hard questions about his city’s speed-camera ticketing program, after a Daily Caller investigation found that the city turned a $12.1 million profit in 2011 by fining drivers.
California: Fees stack up, boost cost of traffic tickets
We hear often from drivers who suffer sticker shock when they’re pulled over by police and handed a ticket for a moving violation. The actual cost is far more than many drivers had thought it was going to be.
Motorcycle-only checkpoints rev up controversy in Congress
Motorcycle-only safety checkpoints have revved up controversy among some lawmakers who say the inspections are another example of intrusive federal policies. A measure inserted into the House transportation bill would bar the U.S. Department of Transportation from providing grants to local or state governments for such inspections.
Georgia: Investigation may cause Atlanta to turn off red-light cameras
The city of Atlanta is “reassessing” the future of its red light camera program after CBS Atlanta exposed the city for illegally operating it for three years, according to the city’s interim chief operating officer Duriya Farooqui.
Virginia: Legislative scrutiny increases on traffic-fine revenue
A traffic-enforcement program that runs 14 hours a day, seven days a week along a 1- to 2-mile section of Interstate 295 through Hopewell has drawn the attention — and in some cases, ire — of some Virginia legislators and officials within the Virginia State Police.
Arkansas: State may raise rural speed limit
Speed limits on some rural highways in Arkansas may be going higher than the current 55 mile an hour limit.
Florida: Senate considers outfitting school buses with traffic cameras
A new bill going before the Senate Transportation Committee in Tallahassee on Tuesday would allow school districts to place traffic enforcement cameras on school buses.
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