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Oregon fines man $500 for using math to challenge red-light cameras

It's a free-speech issue. And math is math, Oregon!

Oregon says someone with an engineering degree can't call themselves an engineer unless they have a license.

Study
Americans show lukewarm support for red-light cameras

But Enthusiasm Varies Widely Depending On Where You Live

A new survey shows Americans support police using red-light cameras in traffic enforcement. They're not as enthusiastic about speed-camera use.

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Shorter yellow lights in Chicago could mean more tickets, new mayor

A story on FiveThirtyEight suggests that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's bid for a second term could be derailed by the controversial red-light camera program there, with particularly short yellow-light times showering drivers with $100 citations.

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New Jersey may shield drivers from other states' red light, speed cameras

Proposed Bill Finds Early Bipartisan Support Among Lawmakers

The bill targets any speed-control devices that are capable of automatically producing a recorded image of an alleged violation.

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World Report, 7/29: Obama Raises CAFE Standard And More

Welcome to TRANSLOGIC World Report: your weekly roundup of transportation tech news from around the web.

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Autoblog Podcast #238

Jaguar XFR Brake, Hyundai supercar, Lamborghini manuals, Red-light cameras

Escort Passport iQ marries GPS with radar detector

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Study: Drivers in right-hand lanes tend to speed through yellow lights, left-laners do not

It seems most studies of amber lights focus on whether cities are using them to gather revenue. The theory – and let's face it, sometimes the fact – is that the light time is so short that drivers end up tripping the red light camera and getting a fine. Conversely, a new study by the University of Cincinnati and Ohio Department of Transportation has taken a look at how drivers behave when they encounter a yellow light no matter how long it's illuminated.

NYPD arrests couple for stealing traffic cams w/cherry picker

One of the more controversial developments in traffic safety enforcement in recent years has been the deployment of automated speed and red-light cameras, which use radar sensors to nab alleged scofflaws and ticket them via mail. According to the NYPD, pair of thieves allegedly spent the better part of a month trolling the city in a pickup truck with a cherry picker, raiding red-light camera for their valuable innards, including the Nikon cameras that actually take the photos. Police arrested th

REPORT: Billings, MT rushes to install red-light camera before new state law bans them

According to TheNewspaper.com, the city council in Billings, Montana, voted last week to hurriedly approve new automated red-light cameras – conveniently just before they are scheduled to be banned by the state legislature. With a potential clause allowing existing cameras to be grandfathered into legality still in negotiations, Billings would appear to be attempting to load up on the devices before the revenue-enhancing opportunity closes.

Italian traffic cameras investigated for red-light rigging that may have cost motorists $1.7M

Red may be their national racing color, but there's little Italians hate more than red lights. And with good reason, it turns out: Stefano Arrighetti, creator of the T-Redspeed "smart" traffic system implemented across Italy, is under investigation for fraud on suspicion that he illegally forged transport ministry certification for his system. In place in over 300 municipalities, the system reportedly cuts the yellow-light time by half to ensnare motorists and charge them with running red lights

Houston study lauds red light cameras despite uptick in accidents

We all know we shouldn't mess with Texas. And Houston, Texans shouldn't mess around with statistics, because the folks running the show are going to come to any conclusions they want no matter what the statistics say. This is the easy part: a study of red light cameras in the city shows that accidents have actually increased at intersections with the cameras.