Fight Speeding Ticket


National Motorists Association Blog


Driving News Roundup: November 30, 2012

Posted on November 30th, 2012 in , , , , , , | Comments Off

Driving News Roundup: November 30, 2012
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.

Illinois: Supreme Court strikes down Illinois law against filming cops
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the US Supreme Court has rejected an Illinois prosecutor’s appeal to allow enforcement of a law which would stop ordinary citizens from recording police officers as they do their jobs. Upon learning of the ruling, though, the legal director of the Illinois ACLU was “pleased” with the result.

Ohio: House bill targets mayor’s courts
After years of debate, Ohio lawmakers might be ready to take a bite out of small-town mayor’s courts. House Bill 523 would increase from 100 to more than 1,000 the minimum population required for a municipality to hold a mayor’s court. That change would eliminate nearly 30 percent of Ohio’s 318 courts. Ohio and Louisiana are the only states to still operate mayor’s courts, where local mayors or magistrates hear violations of local ordinances and state traffic laws.

New Jersey: Accident rate rises at intersections with red-light cameras, N.J. study shows
They were installed at dangerous intersections to reduce the number of crashes, but New Jersey’s controversial red-light cameras have actually seen an increase in collisions, according to a new state report. A New Jersey Department of Transportation analysis of two dozen intersections that have had the automated traffic cops for at least a year found that accidents — particularly rear-end crashes — have increased, and the collisions are more costly.

Pennsylvania: Philadelphia judges could face discipline in Traffic Court probe
As many as 10 current or former Philadelphia judges could face state disciplinary proceedings following an investigative report on Philadelphia Traffic Court. After a full investigation, the board would either dismiss the complaint or file formal charges, to be tried publicly before another agency, the Court of Judicial Discipline.

Texas: More 75 MPH speed limit signs popping up in Brazos Valley
TxDOT is raising the speed limit to 75 miles-per-hour on some area roadways. This comes after the Texas Legislature passed a law allowing for raising the limit if speed studies determine it can be done safely. New signs are popping up across the region and drivers are still getting used to the changes.

Maryland: Legislative auditor faults Maryland speed camera program
Critics of the speed camera program in Maryland received a significant boost this week as an official investigation has documented their long-standing concerns. The General Assembly’s Office of Legislative Audits was asked to look at the books at the State Highway Administration (SHA), and problems with the state’s highway “work zone” speed cameras immediately stood out.

California: Murrieta – Court denies stay in red-light camera ban case
An appeals court has denied a move by a committee backed by red-light camera companies to stop Murrieta’s recently passed voter initiative banning the devices. The California Fourth District Court of Appeal on Thursday, Nov. 29, denied a motion by Safer Streets for Murrieta to stay Measure N, which voters approved in the Nov. 6 election.

To see more stories like the ones above, check out our NMA Driving News site. Each weekday we update the site with news stories that are interesting and/or informative for drivers like you.


Not an NMA member yet?   Join today and get these great benefits!
Speed Limits

You deserve every speeding ticket you get. You can complain all you want after the fact, but it's true. Find out why.

It's one of the "great" American past times: complaining about unfair speeding tickets. There are two types of people when it comes to complaining about this particular type of traffic ticket. Which group are you in?

Speed Traps

7 Stories of Speed Trap Revenge: These drivers didn't let the authorities get away with their corrupt traffic enforcement practices. See how the little guys fought back.

This collection of stories will definitely entertain you, but make sure you don't buy into the underlying message. Find out the dangerous myth that these stories perpetuate.

Ticket Cameras

3 dirty tricks that the ticket camera industry uses to steal money from safe drivers. Discover what you don't know.

Despite years of evidence showing that ticket camera companies don't care about safety and will do anything for a buck, there are few tricks that the average driver often fails to notice. You can help expose them.

Leave a Comment

Comments are closed.




Join National Motorists Association

© National Motorists Association