NMA Article: Driving News Roundup: June 9, 2016
This is a regular feature on the NMA Blog, where we highlight some of the most interesting driving news stories of the week.
Louisiana: New law requires signs identifying red-light camera locations
Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office announced Tuesday (June 7) the governor has signed a bill to require municipalities to post clear signs that indicate an intersection red-light camera within 500 feet of each camera. It will take effect Aug. 1. The bill bars local parishes that fail to post the signs from collecting traffic violation fines from drivers who are asked to pay for running intersections with the red-light cameras.
Insurance policy for driverless cars outlines everything that could go wrong with driverless cars
There’s now an insurance policy for driverless vehicles! It is offered only by a single insurance company in Britain. Let’s get something out of the way: this is almost certainly a publicity stunt. Insurance is a giant industry that changes very slowly.
Colorado: Residents Fight To Save Anti-Camera Referendum
Residents of Sheridan, Colorado want the public to decide whether or not photo enforcement is used in their community. After being twice denied access to the ballot by city officials, proponents of the referendum decided this time to sue the mayor and city council, accusing them of dirty tricks.
Florida: Traffic judge rules against Tamarac red-light cameras
A Broward traffic magistrate has ruled that Tamarac’s relaunched red-light camera program still doesn’t pass legal muster, the latest setback for the controversial ticketing-by-mail system that’s being challenged in courtrooms throughout Florida.
Washington: Signature Drive On New Pro-Car Ballot Measure
Washington state’s master of the ballot initiative is back looking for signatures in support of a plan that would rein in costs imposed on motorists. Tim Eyman announced last week that the new Initiative 869 would, if it gathers enough support, restore $30 car registration fees (also known as car tabs) and roll back tolls that were imposed on existing lanes of Interstate 405 and Highway 167.
New York: Red Light Robin Hood Indicted on 17 Counts of Criminal Mischief
The New York man known as the Red Light Robin Hood pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Friday after being indicted on 17 felony counts of criminal mischief for cutting the wires to red-light cameras where officials shortened yellow light-duration times from five to three seconds, giving drivers less time to stop, enabling Suffolk County to cite more drivers for running red lights.
Iowa: New law on court debt aims to keep drivers on road
Under a new state law scheduled to take effect July 1, legislation signed by Gov. Terry Branstad includes provisions to help motorists who don’t pose a threat to public safety but who are having difficulty paying fines and other court debts. The Iowa DOT typically suspends or revokes about 140,000 to 160,000 driver’s licenses annually, and about half are suspensions because of nonpayment of court debts.
Missouri: Lawmakers put cuffs on ticket quotas
Missouri motorists soon could see fewer speed traps, in an effort to ease concerns that police are being pressured to write traffic tickets. As part of an ongoing legislative push to address municipal laws in the aftermath of the 2014 protests in Ferguson, state lawmakers have approved a plan to bar law enforcement agencies from setting quotas for traffic citations.
States Massively Expand Move Over Laws
Motorists in some states can be ticketed if they drive past some types of vehicles — but not others — when they are stopped on the side of the highway. States began enacting “move over” laws to ticket people for not slowing well under the speed limit or making an emergency lane change when a police officer is parked on the side of the road, but these statutes are now being expanded to cover dozens of other special classes of vehicles.
Colorado: Hickenlooper vetoes red-light camera ban for a second year
He said he would, and on Thursday, Gov. John Hickenlooper vetoed for a second year in a row legislation to ban red-light cameras statewide. Republicans and Democrats in the legislature have debated for two years about whether the cameras raise safety or simply raises millions of dollars from fines for the cities that deploy them.
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