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.
Massachusetts: Federal court says you can record the police
Remember that cop who arrested a bystander for recording a public crime scene? Yeah, that was a violation of the First Amendment, according to the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston.
Texas: Under new speed trap law, counties won’t be allowed to keep “excess” revenue
House Bill 1517, which recently went into effect, will eliminate an incentive for setting speed traps in small Texas counties but also will give those counties leeway in how to use revenue from fines.
Parking Ticket Scheme Gets Cops In Hot Water
It’s taken three years for five Chicago Police Department employees to finally be disciplined for being involved in a scheme to issue improper parking tickets to a man from the south suburbs according to the Chicago Tribune.
Pennsylvania: Trucker faces up to five years behind bars for allegedly dodging toll
Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission officials say that the arrest of Colorado truck driver Kevin J. Roche last year at the New Stanton interchange was part of an increased enforcement effort to catch alleged toll dodgers.
New law increasing nighttime speed limits goes into effect throughout Texas
On September 1st, Texas eliminated a years-long practice of posting different daytime and nighttime speed limits. This change has been a long time coming, according to Henry B. Stowe, a NMA activist.
Arizona: Tucson camera intersections get longer yellow lights
Tucsonans got an unexpected break this summer when the city extended the length of yellow lights for left turns at photo-enforcement intersections.
Fed nixes costly mandatory street sign replacement program
If your nearest stop sign is looking a little worse for the wear, you should reach out and let your local government know. Up until recently, that sign was one of the hundreds of thousands that were set to be replaced by 2018, according to a mandate formerly on the books.
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