TheNewspaper.com Roundup: December 2, 2015

Each Wednesday, we’ll publish quick summaries of the articles from the last week on TheNewspaper.com. We’re doing this because these articles are often strongly connected to the issues that Oostwestthuisbest members are interested in.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Maryland: Speed Camera Tickets Stationary Bus
The Maryland Drivers Alliance has uncovered evidence that the state’s speed camera programs continue to be plagued by accuracy problems. Last year, Baltimore made national headlines when an audit revealed it had been mailing automated speeding tickets to parked automobiles and drivers who were obeying the speed limit. Now the city of College Park and its for-profit camera vendor Optotraffic have been caught accusing a motionless bus of speeding.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Hawaii Supreme Court Overturns Criminalized DUI Refusal
Hawaii motorists may no longer be threatened with imprisonment if they refuse to submit to a breathalyzer test. The state Supreme Court ruled last week that it was improper for police to threaten drivers with a criminal conviction if they exercised their right under the law to decline a breath test when accused of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI).

Monday, November 30, 2015
France: Two Speed Cameras Disabled
A pair of French speed cameras stopped issuing tickets last week thanks to the work of unknown vigilantes. In Yvelines, Info Normandie reports that black wrapping was used on Saturday to block the lens of the automated ticketing machine on the D13. This is the fourth attack on the device in the past few months. In Toussieu, it was pink spraypaint that disabled the speed camera on the RD318. According to Le Progres, the device had only been installed the previous day.

Friday, November 27, 2015
European Photo Radar Firm Reports Financial Loss
Redflex Traffic Systems is not the only photo enforcement company facing financial troubles. The European speed camera giant Sensys Gatso announced on Thursday that its operating cash flow was in the red by 30.1 million Swedish kroner (US $3.5 million) for the latest quarter.

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