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.
Florida: Stepping up red-light camera prosecutions
As attorneys become more successful at defending red-light camera ticket cases, the red-light camera operators are flying in experts from around the country to testify in the normally low-key traffic courts.
Maryland: Prince George’s cameras bring in twice as much money as expected
The cameras will earn the county $8 million to $9 million from traffic citations in fiscal 2012, double the $4.3 million the county had expected, according to the county’s deputy chief administrative officer for budget, finance and administration.
New Jersey: Stay right unless passing or face stiffer fines
We’ve all seen it; drivers going less than the speed limit and refusing to move to the right and get out of our way. It’s already against the law if motorists fail to stay right unless passing, but few get tickets for it and the fines aren’t that steep anyway. Today, the full State Senate will is scheduled to vote on a bill to address the issue.
States asking Congress for the right to add toll roads to close budget gaps
Governments need to pay for things, and when traditional sources of revenue decline, other sources are found. To deal with the urgent needs of the highway infrastructure system and, if possible, add capacity, states need a lot more money than they currently have.
Surveillance update: most watched cities
Find out where you’re being watched all across the United States.
France: Political party forms to oppose photo radar
Anger at the French government’s extensive use of speed cameras has sparked a movement to eliminate the devices. In legislative elections scheduled to begin June 10 and last through June 17, the group Mouvement Anti-Radar (MAR) hopes to make a difference with eighty candidates on the ballot around the country, though mostly in the south.
Washington: Justices decline case of police Taser use on pregnant woman
A “defiant” pregnant woman who was subjected to three Taser stun gun shocks by law enforcement officers after refusing to sign a speeding ticket will not get her appeal addressed by the Supreme Court.
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