The Truth About Cars » Traffic http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 19:30:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Traffic http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/category/news-blog/traffic-news-blog/ Here Are Free Rides For New Year’s Eve http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/free-rides-new-years-eve/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/free-rides-new-years-eve/#comments Thu, 31 Dec 2015 20:05:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1254993 It’s New Year’s Eve, which means I’m terrified of getting on the roads past 6 p.m. and many law enforcement agencies will be on the streets en masse to bust motorists who’ve had a tee many martoonies. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatal traffic crashes involving alcohol spike in December around the […]

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It’s New Year’s Eve, which means I’m terrified of getting on the roads past 6 p.m. and many law enforcement agencies will be on the streets en masse to bust motorists who’ve had a tee many martoonies. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatal traffic crashes involving alcohol spike in December around the […]

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While You Were Gorging: A Compendium of Thanksgiving News You May Have Missed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/gorging-compendium-thanksgiving-news-may-missed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/gorging-compendium-thanksgiving-news-may-missed/#comments Fri, 27 Nov 2015 17:00:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1230649 While the rest of the world warms up to our Thanksgiving tradition of football and mountains of potatoes and gravy, we must admit that the world goes on without us some days. Thankfully, the Internet never forgets. So here’s a roundup of the stories we missed in our Tryptophan-induced naps. California Has Bad Traffic, But […]

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While the rest of the world warms up to our Thanksgiving tradition of football and mountains of potatoes and gravy, we must admit that the world goes on without us some days. Thankfully, the Internet never forgets. So here’s a roundup of the stories we missed in our Tryptophan-induced naps. California Has Bad Traffic, But […]

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After Missing Drivers, Australian Authorities Go After UberX Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/missing-drivers-australian-authorities-go-uberx-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/missing-drivers-australian-authorities-go-uberx-cars/#comments Tue, 29 Sep 2015 17:00:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1183370 Officials in New South Wales, Australia are banning UberX cars from their roads for three months after failing to prosecute their drivers, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. Authorities charged 24 drivers with violating the state’s taxi laws, saying the UberX car-sharing service couldn’t properly monitor and vet its 4,000 drivers in Sydney. Those charges were dropped […]

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Officials in New South Wales, Australia are banning UberX cars from their roads for three months after failing to prosecute their drivers, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. Authorities charged 24 drivers with violating the state’s taxi laws, saying the UberX car-sharing service couldn’t properly monitor and vet its 4,000 drivers in Sydney. Those charges were dropped […]

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Corrupt Red Light Camera Company Sued By Chicago for $300M http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/corrupt-red-light-camera-company-sued-chicago-300m/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/corrupt-red-light-camera-company-sued-chicago-300m/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:15:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1157554 Chicago wants $300 million from the company it hired to photograph, ticket and follow drivers after it was revealed that executives bribed city officials for the contract, the Chicago Tribune is reporting. Executives for Redflex paid over $2 million to city officials through a bag man for the $124 million contract from the city, which started […]

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Chicago wants $300 million from the company it hired to photograph, ticket and follow drivers after it was revealed that executives bribed city officials for the contract, the Chicago Tribune is reporting. Executives for Redflex paid over $2 million to city officials through a bag man for the $124 million contract from the city, which started […]

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Hacking traffic lights for fun and profit! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/hacking-traffic-lights-for-fun-and-profit/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/hacking-traffic-lights-for-fun-and-profit/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:00:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=875361 In a few weeks, at WOOT (the USENIX Workshop on Offensive Technologies — an academic conference where security researchers demonstrate broken stuff), a team from the University of Michigan will be presenting a lovely paper, Green Lights Forever: Analyzing the Security of Traffic Infrastructure. It’s a short and fun read. In summary, it’s common for […]

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In a few weeks, at WOOT (the USENIX Workshop on Offensive Technologies — an academic conference where security researchers demonstrate broken stuff), a team from the University of Michigan will be presenting a lovely paper, Green Lights Forever: Analyzing the Security of Traffic Infrastructure. It’s a short and fun read. In summary, it’s common for […]

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Analysts: Peak Car To Arrive By 2020s http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/analysts-peak-car-to-arrive-by-2020s/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/analysts-peak-car-to-arrive-by-2020s/#comments Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:54:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=756369 After a century of motoring, and with several factors rapidly changing the landscape, analysts are forecasting the peak of global automotive growth to come sometime in the 2020s. The Detroit News reports that as more people join the exodus out of suburbia into major cities, along with other factors such as pollution, gridlock, build quality […]

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After a century of motoring, and with several factors rapidly changing the landscape, analysts are forecasting the peak of global automotive growth to come sometime in the 2020s. The Detroit News reports that as more people join the exodus out of suburbia into major cities, along with other factors such as pollution, gridlock, build quality […]

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Hamburg to Ban Cars From City Center By 2034 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/hamburg-to-ban-cars-from-city-center-by-2034/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/hamburg-to-ban-cars-from-city-center-by-2034/#comments Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:15:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=701970 Germany’s presence in the motoring landscape is enormous, from the ongoing ‘Ring Time contests between the world’s automakers and their halo cars, to the famed Autobahn that connects Nürburg — and other cities in the country — with each other. Yet, the nation’s second-largest city, Hamburg, will eliminate Porsches, BMWs and Fords from its city […]

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Germany’s presence in the motoring landscape is enormous, from the ongoing ‘Ring Time contests between the world’s automakers and their halo cars, to the famed Autobahn that connects Nürburg — and other cities in the country — with each other. Yet, the nation’s second-largest city, Hamburg, will eliminate Porsches, BMWs and Fords from its city […]

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The bell tolls over Seattle, but not for most commuters http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/the-bell-tolls-over-seattle-but-not-for-most-commuters/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/the-bell-tolls-over-seattle-but-not-for-most-commuters/#comments Thu, 17 Oct 2013 10:30:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=625873 It would appear as though the price of admission to traverse the longest floating bridge in the world on a daily basis has had quite the impact on commuting patterns in Seattle. A study to be issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation this week – barring another tragicomic display by the powers that be, […]

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It would appear as though the price of admission to traverse the longest floating bridge in the world on a daily basis has had quite the impact on commuting patterns in Seattle. A study to be issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation this week – barring another tragicomic display by the powers that be, […]

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Would License Plate Reader Jammers Work And Be Legal? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/would-license-plate-reader-jammers-work-and-be-legal/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/would-license-plate-reader-jammers-work-and-be-legal/#comments Sun, 30 Jun 2013 14:00:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=493635 The news that the police departments in California routinely scan and record license plates to create a database that can be used to retroactively track any driver’s motions and activities broke at political and civil liberty websites and is now percolating through the autoblogosphere. Jack Baruth wrote about it here at TTAC yesterday. Jalopnik has […]

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The news that the police departments in California routinely scan and record license plates to create a database that can be used to retroactively track any driver’s motions and activities broke at political and civil liberty websites and is now percolating through the autoblogosphere. Jack Baruth wrote about it here at TTAC yesterday. Jalopnik has […]

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Feds Push NY Towards Full Ban On Electronic Devices In Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/feds-push-ny-towards-full-ban-on-electronic-devices-in-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/feds-push-ny-towards-full-ban-on-electronic-devices-in-cars/#comments Wed, 15 Feb 2012 20:35:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=431003 Citing New York’s leadership in banning hand-held cell phone use in cars, NTSB Vice Chairman Christopher Hart urged the Empire State to become the first to ban all use of personal electronic devices while driving. Though careful to call it a state issue, Hart did hint that state compliance with forthcoming NTSB recommendations could be […]

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Citing New York’s leadership in banning hand-held cell phone use in cars, NTSB Vice Chairman Christopher Hart urged the Empire State to become the first to ban all use of personal electronic devices while driving. Though careful to call it a state issue, Hart did hint that state compliance with forthcoming NTSB recommendations could be […]

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Ohio: Yanking Motorist Out of Car Is Not a Welfare Check http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/ohio-yanking-motorist-out-of-car-is-not-a-welfare-check/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/ohio-yanking-motorist-out-of-car-is-not-a-welfare-check/#comments Tue, 27 Dec 2011 14:57:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=423560 Cops in Ohio may not rip a motorist out of his vehicle to “check on his welfare.” The state court of appeals handed down a decision earlier this month in a case involving a man parked on the side of the road in a quiet Columbus residential neighborhood who was “helped” out of his car […]

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Cops in Ohio may not rip a motorist out of his vehicle to “check on his welfare.” The state court of appeals handed down a decision earlier this month in a case involving a man parked on the side of the road in a quiet Columbus residential neighborhood who was “helped” out of his car […]

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Italy: More Officials Arrested for Photo Enforcement Corruption http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/italy-more-officials-arrested-for-photo-enforcement-corruption/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/italy-more-officials-arrested-for-photo-enforcement-corruption/#comments Fri, 23 Dec 2011 15:05:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=423391 A pair of senior police officers in Brindisi, Italy were arrested Tuesday in a speed camera bribery scheme. The owner of a BMW X6 blew the whistle on officers Giuseppe Manca and Antonio Briganti after a speed camera accused him of driving 160km/h (99 MPH) on state route 16, where the limit is 110km/h (68 […]

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A pair of senior police officers in Brindisi, Italy were arrested Tuesday in a speed camera bribery scheme. The owner of a BMW X6 blew the whistle on officers Giuseppe Manca and Antonio Briganti after a speed camera accused him of driving 160km/h (99 MPH) on state route 16, where the limit is 110km/h (68 […]

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Federal Appeals Court Embraces DC Speed Cameras http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/federal-appeals-court-embraces-dc-speed-cameras/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/federal-appeals-court-embraces-dc-speed-cameras/#comments Thu, 22 Dec 2011 13:19:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=423274 The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Tuesday rejected a class action lawsuit filed against the speed camera program in the nation’s capital. Motorists Henry Dixon and Cuong Thanh Phung argued the city violated their constitutional guarantee to equal protection of law by treating drivers pulled over for speeding more harshly than […]

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The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Tuesday rejected a class action lawsuit filed against the speed camera program in the nation’s capital. Motorists Henry Dixon and Cuong Thanh Phung argued the city violated their constitutional guarantee to equal protection of law by treating drivers pulled over for speeding more harshly than […]

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Federal Appeals Court Backs Traffic Stop Patdown http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/federal-appeals-court-backs-traffic-stop-patdown/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/federal-appeals-court-backs-traffic-stop-patdown/#comments Wed, 21 Dec 2011 13:29:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=423083 As long as a police officer cites his own safety as the reason, he may frisk any motorist during a traffic stop and remove objects from his pockets, according to a ruling handed down Tuesday by the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. A three-judge panel evaluated whether Officer Joe Moreno was following […]

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As long as a police officer cites his own safety as the reason, he may frisk any motorist during a traffic stop and remove objects from his pockets, according to a ruling handed down Tuesday by the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. A three-judge panel evaluated whether Officer Joe Moreno was following […]

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Colorado: Auditor Blasts Denver Photo Ticketing Program http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/colorado-auditor-blasts-denver-photo-ticketing-program/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/colorado-auditor-blasts-denver-photo-ticketing-program/#comments Tue, 20 Dec 2011 14:28:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=422907 After performing a thorough performance audit, Denver, Colorado’s city auditor is no longer convinced of the value of red light cameras and speed cameras. The Denver Police Department (DPD) deputized the Dallas-based firm Affiliated Computer Services (ACS, a division of Xerox) to issue red light tickets at four intersections and speeding tickets throughout the city […]

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After performing a thorough performance audit, Denver, Colorado’s city auditor is no longer convinced of the value of red light cameras and speed cameras. The Denver Police Department (DPD) deputized the Dallas-based firm Affiliated Computer Services (ACS, a division of Xerox) to issue red light tickets at four intersections and speeding tickets throughout the city […]

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Florida Appeals Court Sides with Red Light Cameras http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/florida-appeals-court-sides-with-red-light-cameras/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/florida-appeals-court-sides-with-red-light-cameras/#comments Thu, 01 Dec 2011 16:42:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=420940 The Florida legislature’s authorization of red light cameras last year was superfluous, a divided state Court of Appeals panel ruled yesterday. The majority sided with the city of Aventura in overturning a Miami-Dade County Circuit Court decision from last year that found Aventura had jumped the gun by giving American Traffic Solutions (ATS) a green light to […]

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The Florida legislature’s authorization of red light cameras last year was superfluous, a divided state Court of Appeals panel ruled yesterday. The majority sided with the city of Aventura in overturning a Miami-Dade County Circuit Court decision from last year that found Aventura had jumped the gun by giving American Traffic Solutions (ATS) a green light to […]

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Maryland Court: No Redress When City Violates Speed Camera Law http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/maryland-court-no-redress-when-city-violates-speed-camera-law/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/maryland-court-no-redress-when-city-violates-speed-camera-law/#comments Mon, 28 Nov 2011 21:26:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=420391 Maryland state law prohibits municipalities from paying contractors to operate speed camera and red light cameras on a per-ticket basis. In an October 27 ruling, the Court of Special Appeals found that localities are free to ignore this legal requirement. A group of motorists in 2008 filed a class action lawsuit against Montgomery County, the […]

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Maryland state law prohibits municipalities from paying contractors to operate speed camera and red light cameras on a per-ticket basis. In an October 27 ruling, the Court of Special Appeals found that localities are free to ignore this legal requirement. A group of motorists in 2008 filed a class action lawsuit against Montgomery County, the […]

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Ten Years Of Traffic Fatalities In One Interactive Map http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/ten-years-of-traffic-fatalities-in-one-interactive-map/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/ten-years-of-traffic-fatalities-in-one-interactive-map/#comments Wed, 23 Nov 2011 21:40:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=419739 Some 369,629 Americans lost their lives on the road in the period from 2001 through 2009. Now ITO World has mapped every single one of them onto an interactive map that promises hours of morbid fun. Where do accidents happen? Who do they happen to? What kind of vehicles tend to be involved? Are there […]

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Some 369,629 Americans lost their lives on the road in the period from 2001 through 2009. Now ITO World has mapped every single one of them onto an interactive map that promises hours of morbid fun. Where do accidents happen? Who do they happen to? What kind of vehicles tend to be involved? Are there […]

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Georgia: Feds Deny Relief to HOT Lane Gridlock http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/georgia-feds-deny-relief-to-hot-lane-gridlock/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/georgia-feds-deny-relief-to-hot-lane-gridlock/#comments Wed, 23 Nov 2011 15:32:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=419688 The Federal Highway Administration this week turned down the state of Georgia’s request to relax the occupancy requirement on the new Interstate 85 high occupancy toll lanes (HOT lanes) in Gwinett County. In October, the state imposed the toll on the existing carpool lane, raising the number of occupants qualifying for a free ride from […]

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The Federal Highway Administration this week turned down the state of Georgia’s request to relax the occupancy requirement on the new Interstate 85 high occupancy toll lanes (HOT lanes) in Gwinett County. In October, the state imposed the toll on the existing carpool lane, raising the number of occupants qualifying for a free ride from […]

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Maryland: Innocence Not a Defense to Speed Camera Citation http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/maryland-innocence-not-a-defense-to-speed-camera-citation/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/maryland-innocence-not-a-defense-to-speed-camera-citation/#comments Tue, 22 Nov 2011 14:55:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=419592 Prince George’s County, Maryland judges are tired of complaints that photo enforcement citations are inaccurate or otherwise invalid. To speed proceedings on “speed camera day” when automated citation cases are heard, at least one judge is cautioning motorists not to bother attempting to prove their innocence, regardless of the merit of their argument. “This is […]

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Prince George’s County, Maryland judges are tired of complaints that photo enforcement citations are inaccurate or otherwise invalid. To speed proceedings on “speed camera day” when automated citation cases are heard, at least one judge is cautioning motorists not to bother attempting to prove their innocence, regardless of the merit of their argument. “This is […]

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Louisiana Court Affirms Citizen Right to Make DUI Arrests http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/louisiana-court-affirms-citizen-right-to-make-dui-arrests/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/louisiana-court-affirms-citizen-right-to-make-dui-arrests/#comments Mon, 21 Nov 2011 15:17:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=419466 Private citizens can arrest other motorists suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), the Louisiana Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. A three-judge panel considered the case of Tracy L. Common who was stopped in Westwego by Gretna Police Detective Brian Rico at 9pm on December 31, 2006. Rico was off-duty and outside his […]

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Private citizens can arrest other motorists suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), the Louisiana Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. A three-judge panel considered the case of Tracy L. Common who was stopped in Westwego by Gretna Police Detective Brian Rico at 9pm on December 31, 2006. Rico was off-duty and outside his […]

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Photo Ticketing Investors Content with Declining US Performance http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/photo-ticketing-investors-content-with-declining-us-performance/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/photo-ticketing-investors-content-with-declining-us-performance/#comments Fri, 18 Nov 2011 15:30:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=419136 Investors in Redflex Traffic Systems were resigned toward the photo enforcement vendor’s declining US performance at Wednesday’s annual shareholder meeting in Melbourne, Australia. The company has lost significant US market share and profit as more cities reject automated ticketing machines. Nonetheless, large executive compensation packages were approved without the dissent found in past meetings. Shareholders […]

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Investors in Redflex Traffic Systems were resigned toward the photo enforcement vendor’s declining US performance at Wednesday’s annual shareholder meeting in Melbourne, Australia. The company has lost significant US market share and profit as more cities reject automated ticketing machines. Nonetheless, large executive compensation packages were approved without the dissent found in past meetings. Shareholders […]

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California Court Criminalizes Using Cell Phone While Stopped http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/california-court-criminalizes-using-cell-phone-while-stopped/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/california-court-criminalizes-using-cell-phone-while-stopped/#comments Thu, 17 Nov 2011 15:33:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=418903 In a decision with wide-ranging implications for people who might check their email on an iPhone while stopped at a traffic light, the California Court of Appeal ruled Monday that it was a crime to use a phone at any time behind the wheel of a stationary or moving vehicle. Three days after Christmas in […]

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In a decision with wide-ranging implications for people who might check their email on an iPhone while stopped at a traffic light, the California Court of Appeal ruled Monday that it was a crime to use a phone at any time behind the wheel of a stationary or moving vehicle. Three days after Christmas in […]

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Washington: Anti-Camera Initiative Sponsors Seek Rehearing in Court http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/washington-anti-camera-initiative-sponsors-seek-rehearing-in-court/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/washington-anti-camera-initiative-sponsors-seek-rehearing-in-court/#comments Wed, 16 Nov 2011 15:12:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=418402 Although the city council in Redmond, Washington has decided to cancel its red light camera contract, the city continues to block the effort to let voters have a say in the decision. In court papers filed Monday, local activists cited election results in the cities of Bellingham, Longview and Monroe to convince King County Judge […]

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Although the city council in Redmond, Washington has decided to cancel its red light camera contract, the city continues to block the effort to let voters have a say in the decision. In court papers filed Monday, local activists cited election results in the cities of Bellingham, Longview and Monroe to convince King County Judge […]

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Drivelapse USA: The Great American Road Trip In Five Minutes, Fifteen Seconds http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/drivelapse-usa-the-great-american-road-trip-in-five-minutes-fifteen-seconds/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/drivelapse-usa-the-great-american-road-trip-in-five-minutes-fifteen-seconds/#comments Wed, 16 Nov 2011 00:40:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=418361 Americans may no longer be as completely obsessed with road travel as they once were, but for first-time visitors to the USA, a round-the-nation roadtrip is always the ultimate fantasy. And really, what better way is there to appreciate the great expanse and diversity of this great nation than by car? Luckily for those of […]

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Americans may no longer be as completely obsessed with road travel as they once were, but for first-time visitors to the USA, a round-the-nation roadtrip is always the ultimate fantasy. And really, what better way is there to appreciate the great expanse and diversity of this great nation than by car? Luckily for those of […]

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