NMA Article: Driving News Roundup: June 2, 2016
This is a regular feature on the NMA Blog, where we highlight some of the most interesting driving news stories of the week.
Illinois: Six-Figure Fines Levied In Redflex Corruption Trial
US District Judge Virginia M. Kendall wants the public to know that red-light camera crime should not pay. On Friday, she ordered former Chicago, Illinois transportation official John Bills to forfeit to the federal government the $680,107 he received in the form of gifts and cash from Redflex Traffic Systems. A federal jury in January found Bills guilty of taking bribes in return for his assistance in landing the largest red-light camera program of its type for the Australian company.
North Carolina: Drivers across state are losing their licenses because of DMV problems
Thousands of drivers in Forsyth County and across North Carolina have lost their license because the N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles didnít update its records, Forsyth County Clerk of Court Susan Frye said. The bottom line is that thousands of drivers may have lost their driverís licenses through no fault of their own. Itís not clear exactly how many people have been affected.
Louisiana: If Gov. John Bel Edwards signs bill, aid coming for motorists with lapsed auto insurance
Without debate, a bill that would allow motorists with lapsed auto insurance to pay their debt and keep their driverís license won final legislative approval Tuesday. The legislation stems from an uproar last year when motorists were notified of fines for failing to carry current auto insurance.
Texas: Lawmakers dive deeper into toll road elimination estimates
Regardless of exactly how it happens, it appears taxpayers will pay the price should Texas try to eliminate toll roads. Frustrated by the proliferation of pay-to-use roadways in Texas, lawmakers continue studying options for abolishing toll roads Ė specifically those under state control. The price tag for such a move, however, is daunting, based on previous estimates and a deeper analysis discussed last week in Austin.
Pennsylvania: Council holds budget hearing on parking meter increase
When the Philadelphia Parking Authority went before City Council for approval to raise the parking kiosks rate by 50 cents an hour in 2014, the entity also said the increase would generate additional revenues that would go to the School District of Philadelphia.
Tennessee: Mount Carmel speed enforcement cameras coming down next year
Tennessee law bans municipalities from renewing speed enforcement camera contracts. Mount Carmelís contract with Redflex expires in March 2017, however red-light camera enforcement wasnít affected by the legislation. Police Chief Jeff Jackson doesnít anticipate installing red-light cameras in Mount Carmel to replace speed enforcement cameras after nearly a decade in operation and more than $600,000 in revenue generated.
California: Cashless system on The Toll Roads frustrates some drivers to the point of litigation
While toll roads have been commonplace for decades around the country, they are fairly new to Southern California, and learning how to use them has been hard for drivers. On Wednesday Ebrahim Mahda sued The Toll Roads in federal court, claiming the payment system and its accompanying signage is confusing, perhaps on purpose. His attorney is seeking class-action status for the lawsuit and $5 million restitution of penalties.
Indiana: Toll Road rate freeze won’t expire in June
A 10 year freeze on some Indiana Toll Road tolls was set to expire on June 30th, 2016. Itís an event that threatened to usher in toll hikes of 100 percent or more. While the threat is still there, itís now further off in the distance.
Pennsylvania: Every State But 2 Now Requires Drunk Drivers to Use Car Breathalyzers
Some Pennsylvanians caught driving drunk for the first time will be required to use ignition interlock devices under a bill Gov. Wolf signed into law Wednesday. The law will leave only two U.S. states without some form of ignition interlock for first-time offenders.
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