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Manolo1

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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2012 2:54:46 PM

The current political rage of “Public Private Partnerships” has shown it’s underbelly in the transportation sector through the cancer of ticket camera installations, privatized parking meters, and toll roads. The potential for corruption and citizen abuse reaches new heights when governmental power is merged with corporate profit motivations. Controlling and mitigating forces like legitimate regulation and fair competition are rendered impotent when governments go on the hunt for profits.

Read more at motorists.org.

[Edited by: CC at 9/20/2012 4:37:39 PM EST]
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Manolo1
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Waldo, FL Police Admit to Required 'Quota' for Aggressive Ticketing
GasBuddy Blog -- Anyone who has received a speeding ticket in Waldo has probably suspected that officers were acting under a quota. A remote stretch of highway 301 has nearly half a dozen speed changes in less than two miles; and Waldo police have pounced on unsuspecting tourists and out-of-towners for decades. Put simply, Waldo is a Florida embarrassment. As it turns out, finally, there's proof that a quota has been standard operating procedure for years and the illegal actions there warrant investigation and prosecution. The Gainesville Sun is reporting that five of the seven officers with the Waldo Police Department have told city leaders that police Chief Mike Szabo required officers to write a speeding ticket during every hour of their shifts.
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2014 9:14:52 AM

Texas’ flagship toll road, SH 130, made news in 2012 for having a posted speed limit of 85 mph, the fastest of any road in the United States. The private operator of the road, SH 130 Concession Co., hoped the high speed would appeal to drivers, but two years in, the company is facing financial difficulties, low traffic volumes and “junk bond” ratings from financial analysts. A default would leave the Texas Department of Transportation with the choice to either operate the roadway on its own or to contract with another operator. Along with the financial risks toll roads and other Public Private Partnerships foist on the public, the other noteworthy part of this story is how the road got its speed limit in the first place. Read Jim Baxter’s account here, in which he sums up the abuses associated with PPPs and why they’re not in drivers’ or taxpayers’ interests.READ HERE
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2014 10:54:41 AM

Sierra Vista, Arizona To Vote On Banning Traffic Cameras
The city council in Sierra Vista, Arizona voted last week to put an initiative measure on the ballot that would, if adopted, kick out the vendor currently at the center of a $2 million bribery scandal in Chicago, Illinois. Karen Finley, the former head of US operations for Redflex Traffic Systems, was indicted for corruption just hours before the council made its decision.
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2014 7:53:54 AM

US Supreme Court To Rule On Cops Who Get Law Wrong
Is a police officer’s traffic stop valid if he is wrong about the law? The US Supreme Court announced it would take up that question when it returns in October to hear the case of Nicholas Brady Heien.
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2014 10:15:38 AM

Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Driving Away From Cop At Window
When Wisconsin police officers knock on the window of a car and motion to roll down the window, the state Supreme Court said in a 5 to 2 ruling that the motorist is free to ignore the cop and drive away.
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Ohio, France, Germany: Traffic Cameras Disabled
Vigilantes blew up a speed camera in Ennepe-Ruhr-Kreis, Germany. Der Westen reports that the device on the B226 will not be replaced.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2014 2:02:33 PM

Lane Courtesy should be ingrained in our driving culture as a 24/7 practice by everyone on the road. Yet with the summer driving season upon us and vacation traffic flooding the highways, it is apparent that there is much work to do to educate the motoring public about the value of Lane Courtesy.

Clearing the left lanes to give right of way to faster vehicles improves traffic flow, reduces congestion, helps alleviate incidents of tailgating and road rage, and lowers accidents rates.

Given all of these benefits, why don’t we see more official efforts to promote Lane Courtesy? Part of the answer stems from the misguided notions that slower is always safer and that faster drivers pose the highest safety risk.
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Message Posted: Jul 13, 2014 7:37:10 AM

Oklahoma: Study requested on raising speed limit on Turner Turnpike to 80 mph
A Norman state senator has requested a study to determine if he will introduce legislation next session to up the speed limit to 80 mph. State Sen. Rob Standridge (R-Norman) said his inspiration for the study and possible legislation stemmed from his travels to other parts of the country and world where drivers travel faster on the interstates.
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Message Posted: Jul 13, 2014 7:36:26 AM

Canada: B.C. speed limit bump to 120 km/h reflects growing consensus that faster is often safer
B.C.’s top limit is now 120 kilometres per hour, the highest in Canada, but provinces from Nova Scotia to Saskatchewan have raised some limits to 110 km/h in recent years — in line with trends in the U.S., where speed limits have steadily increased since the mid-90s. “I think there is a realization that traffic tends to find its own flow. And if you’re going below that, you might be the one posing the safety risk,” said John Bowman, a spokesman with the National Motorists Association, based in the U.S.
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Wyoming: Doing well with 80 MPH speed limits
WYDOT finished putting up all the new 80 mile per hour signs last Thursday, just in time for the 4th of July holiday weekend. Initial reports are in and drivers seem to be doing well with the increased speed. When the calendar hit July, Wyoming officially became the third state in the country to have a speed limit posted above 75 miles per hour.
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2014 9:17:51 AM

California: SF to examine reducing speed limits as part of pedestrian safety campaign
Following the lead of other major cities such as Paris and New York, San Francisco is examining lowering speed limits by as much as 10 miles per hour as part of its effort to achieve zero pedestrian traffic fatalities by 2020. The report is expected to be completed sometime in the fall.
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2014 9:17:14 AM

Maine: Why raise speed limit? Safety
There continues to be concern over raising the speed limits on certain segments of Maine’s interstate system. I understand and appreciate the points brought up by those who do not favor this decision. But it wasn’t made simply because I thought it was a good idea or because I felt it would be better for motorists to get where they need to go in a shorter time. There was a process I followed, which started with the Legislature.
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2014 9:16:46 AM

Kansas: Valley Center police institute minimum traffic ticket requirement
Police officers in Valley Center are now required to hand out a minimum number of traffic tickets each month. Officers are required to give out one ticket for every shift and a half (15 hours) they work. That equates to about 10 tickets per officer per month. With nine officers on staff, that means a minimum of about 90 tickets.

and that means you'll get a tkt whether you did it or not.... ;-)
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2014 10:56:26 AM

Australia, Italy: Speed Cameras Burned, Bashed
In Sydney, Australia vigilantes burned a speed camera on Monday. According to the Sydney Daily Telegraph, the automated ticketing machine on McEvoy Street in Waterloo was doused in gasoline and necklaced with a tire to keep the blaze fueled. The device has issued $991,888 worth of tickets since December 2010.
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2014 10:55:57 AM

US House Approves Ban On Federal Traffic Camera Funding
The US House of Representatives voted 255 to 172 last Tuesday in favor of a ban on federal funding of red-light cameras, speed cameras and automated license plate readers (ALPR or ANPR). Representative John Fleming (R-Louisiana) proposed the measure as an amendment to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill which has yet to be taken up by the Senate.
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 3:04:56 PM

Maryland: Speed camera vendor exploits loophole in reform law
Despite a new “reform” law, it is business as usual for one Maryland speed camera vendor. Brekford, the Hanover-based speed camera vendor, announced last week the extension of its contracts with the cities of Hagerstown, Laurel, and Salisbury.
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Illinois: Will more speeding tickets save county police?
Kankakee County might revive a sheriff’s traffic unit that would write 2,200 speeding tickets per year and raise an estimated $221,000 in a last-ditch effort to save 25 law enforcement jobs. The revival of a traffic enforcement unit the county disbanded the last time it went through budget cuts would put two deputies on full-time traffic duty.
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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2014 9:17:40 AM

Ohio Cops Criminally Charged In Car Chase Shootout
A light blue 1979 Chevy Malibu SS was left wrecked, riddled with 137 bullets in the parking lot of Heritage Middle School in East Cleveland, Ohio on the evening of November 29, 2012. Its unarmed driver, Timothy Russell, and passenger, Malissa William, died at the scene. The case takes on extraordinary significance as a Cuyahoga County grand jury on Friday indicted six of the police officers who were involved.
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Message Posted: Jun 7, 2014 11:10:20 AM

Florida: As promised, Gov. Rick Scott vetoes speed limit bill
Gov. Rick Scott said last month that the death of a state highway trooper who was killed investigating an interstate accident convinced him a speed limit increase was wrong for Florida. Today, Scott made good on his promise to veto Senate Bill 392, which would have authorized state officials to raise the limit 5 mph to a maximum 75 mph if deemed safe.
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Message Posted: May 31, 2014 8:59:57 AM

When speed limits can kill
As Aaron Carroll explains, the best predictor of driving safety is the amount of variation in speed between cars. If everyone is going about the same speed, then things are relatively safe. But if some people are going much faster than others, then not so much. This means that, on some roads, increasing the speed limit can actually improve safety.
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Message Posted: May 31, 2014 8:58:08 AM

Illinois: Prosecutor’s advice on speed camera tickets: Don’t pay them
East St. Louis recently joined the list of cities using speed cameras to clock drivers on interstate highways. Now those drivers are beginning to get their speed camera tickets in the mail. The county prosecutor, St. Clair County State’s Attorney, is saying the East St. Louis tickets-by-mail are illegal, and that they don’t follow the state rules for speeding tickets.
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Message Posted: May 24, 2014 9:38:17 AM

Louisiana: Speed cameras to be banned on La. Interstates
Gov. Bobby Jindal has agreed to ban speed cameras and other automated speed enforcement devices on Louisiana’s interstates. Jindal signed the prohibition bill into law late last week. It takes effect Jan. 1.
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Message Posted: May 17, 2014 1:37:16 PM

moron...

Florida: Scott to veto speed limit bill
Responding to pleas from highway troopers and the state’s sheriffs, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday he will veto a bill that could increase the speed limit on Florida highways from 70 to 75 mph. The bill (SB 392) would not raise speed limits automatically, but would allow the Department of Transportation to increase them when it saw fit.
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Message Posted: May 15, 2014 1:35:48 PM

California: Court Slams Cops Over Bogus Camera Stop
An innocent woman forced to her knees, held at gunpoint, handcuffed and surrounded by multiple San Francisco, California police officers can proceed with her lawsuit for false arrest. The Ninth Circuit US Court of Appeals on Monday ruled that the officers were potentially liable for using excessive force against Denise Green after an automated license plate reader (ALPR or ANPR in Europe) mistakenly flagged her vehicle as stolen. On March 30, 2009, a camera mounted on a police car on Mission Street took a blurry photo of Green’s burgundy Lexus ES300 which the automated system confused for a stolen gray GMC pickup truck.
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Message Posted: May 8, 2014 8:10:26 PM

Obama Administration Opens Prospect For Tolls On Every Highway
The US Department of Transportation on Tuesday unveiled its “Grow America” proposal reauthorizing federal transportation funding over the next four years. The $302 billion spending blueprint reflects a major shift in White House priorities, particularly on the issue of tolling.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2014 9:03:45 AM

Florida: Speed limit increase for Florida highways backed by House, awaits Scott’s OK
In the closest vote of the legislative session so far, a bill that could result in higher speeds on Florida highways passed the Florida House on Wednesday. The bill (SB 392), which had passed the Senate 27-11, doesn’t mandate higher speed limits. Rather, any increase on a given stretch of highway would occur only if state traffic engineers determine the roadway is safe enough for a higher speed.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2014 9:02:31 AM

Arkansas: Highway director, going 81, given free pass on speeding ticket by trooper
Arkansas’ top highway official has acknowledged he was speeding when he was pulled over earlier this week, though he was not issued a ticket. State police spokesman Bill Sadler said the trooper who pulled Bennett over exercised his discretion in deciding to not issue a ticket or written warning to Bennett.
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2014 6:38:13 PM

Virginia: Red-light cameras fail to reduce crashes
Additional red-light cameras could be going up at a pair of busy city intersections, but the presence of surveillance equipment thus far has done little to reduce automobile accidents at the two sites. John Bowman, a spokesman for the Wisconsin-based National Motorists Association, a driver advocacy group, said a spike in accidents are common following the installation of red-light cameras.
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2014 6:36:52 PM

Michigan: Ex-Novi cop wins $280K in lawsuit over alleged ticket quotas
A Novi patrol officer for close to 25 years without a single write up was pressured to write traffic tickets that he says turned the law enforcement agency into a revenue collector. Officers were told it was mandatory to make four stops a day and issue two tickets, he said.
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2014 9:44:09 AM

New Mexico Appeals Court Upholds Arbitrary Speed Limits
The state of New Mexico does not need to justify its speed limits. The state Court of Appeals came to this conclusion earlier this month in upholding the conviction of Raul Tarin, a motorist who decided to mount a legal battle against his ticket for allegedly driving 71 MPH in a 45 MPH zone. Representing himself in court, Tarin argued that the state had to establish the speed limit’s legitimacy before the ticket could be considered valid. It was the first time anyone had brought such an argument to the appellate level in the state.
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2014 11:03:37 AM

California: The traffic ticket racket and its erosive effect on community policing
I fought the law and the law didn’t show up in traffic court the other day, so my case was summarily dismissed. Oh, happy day… sort of.
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Florida: Bill to raise speed limit advances
The House Economic Affairs Committee on Friday voted 12-4 to approve a measure (HB 761) that could push speeds on some state highways from 70 mph to 75 mph. The measure, which now heads to the House floor, directs the state Department of Transportation to determine the safe minimum and maximum speed limits on all divided highways that have at least four lanes.
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Colorado: Bill to ban traffic cameras advances
Colorado lawmakers advanced a measure to ban red-light and photo radar cameras, but they’re facing strong opposition from local governments and police. A Senate committee approved the measure on a bipartisan 3-2 vote Monday, referring it for a full debate in the chamber later.
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2014 8:51:54 AM

I have mixed feeling on this issue.......
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Maryland General Assembly Gives Up On Speed Camera Reform
With high-profile problems plaguing Maryland’s speed cameras over the past few months, critics of the program assumed lawmakers would have no choice but to adopt reforms this year. Over 70,000 innocent motorists were found to have received speeding tickets in Baltimore after an audit of the tickets revealed those accused were not actually speeding. Instead of tightening standards, the General Assembly on Monday gave final approval to legislation that codifies the existing practices of speed camera companies and localities. The Maryland Drivers Alliance is calling the effort a reform in name only.
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2014 10:14:28 PM

It is all about the money.
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2014 11:25:19 AM

Florida: Bill to raise speed limit advances
April 14, 2014
The House Economic Affairs Committee on Friday voted 12-4 to approve a measure (HB 761) that could push speeds on some state highways from 70 mph to 75 mph. The measure, which now heads to the House floor, directs the state Department of Transportation to determine the safe minimum and maximum speed limits on all divided highways that have at least four lanes.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2014 3:20:09 PM

Washington D.C.: Mayor Vincent Gray proposes more speed cameras to balance budget
More roadside speed cameras could be in Washington D.C.’s future as Mayor Vincent Gray’s new budget calls for the city to collect an additional $50 million in speeding fines over the coming year. One council member called it “gotcha” government.
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2014 7:07:14 PM

Tennessee: Legislators pass bill aimed at stopping small-town speed trap
Small towns can be notorious for speed traps. And when their jurisdictions covers a slice of interstate, it can be a gold mine. In Cornersville, TN, when officers are not at headquarters filling out paperwork, you can often find them on Interstate 65, looking for speeders and other traffic violators.
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2014 7:06:48 PM

New York: Lawmakers scramble to revive speed-camera plan
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo refused to grant state legislators permission Monday night to rush through a bill to install 125 school-zone speed cameras on Long Island — potentially creating a big hole in Nassau County’s finances. Nassau County is counting on revenue generated by speeding infractions to help seal labor contracts.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2014 11:59:43 AM

Australia: Territory Auditor Blasts ACT Speed Cameras
The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has issued 721,802 speed camera tickets worth $106 million for the state government since 1999, yet a performance audit released Thursday questioned whether the ticketing operation involving 39 mobile and fixed photo enforcement cameras has any relation to improved safety.
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Message Posted: Apr 2, 2014 8:41:28 AM

The UK took speed camera revenue away from local governments. Cameras looked dead as local authorities refused to spend their own money on enforcement.

They’re not quite dead yet. Police copied an American revenue innovation: traffic school. Now cameras are funded by payments to police departments to keep camera tickets off your record. With enough low level speeding tickets cameras can be profitable again.
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2014 2:05:32 PM

Louisiana House Committee Approves Automated Freeway Speed Traps
Louisiana lawmakers took on speed traps, both of the conventional and automated variety, on Monday. The state House Transportation, Highways and Public Works Committee unanimously approved two measures, one that would discourage small town police officers from hiding behind bushes with radar or laser guns, and another that would authorize the use of speed cameras in freeway “construction zones.”
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2014 12:33:56 PM

Louisiana: Bills target speed traps for regulation in city governments
Two bills will go before a committee to determine how municipal governments handle drivers who speed. Some Louisiana lawmakers are hoping to put the brakes on speed traps in the state.
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2014 12:32:07 PM

Massachusetts: Safe at any speed?
Motorists driving 70 miles per hour on some major highways could soon find themselves in line with state law, if Massachusetts legislators approve a new bill aimed at raising the speed limit. “Since the repeal of the 55-mile-per-hour maximum speed limit, we’ve seen most states have raised their highway speed limits,” said John Bowman, spokesman for the National Motorists Association (NMA). “Sixty-five is sort of the lower end of the range now.”
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is this Constitutional?

Texas Judge Blocks Red-Light Camera Vote In Cleveland
Lawyers for American Traffic Solutions (ATS) told a Texas judge that voters in the city of Cleveland should have no say in whether red-light cameras are used in their community. Last week, Judge Carroll Wilborn Jr agreed, giving the Arizona-based photo ticketing firm the injunction it sought keeping voters from seeing a camera ban on the May ballot.
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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2014 10:25:11 AM

France, Spain, UK: Traffic Cameras Trashed
In Lanhellen, France, vigilantes burned a speed camera last week Saturday. Ouest France reported that a half-dozen burning tires were placed around the automated ticketing machine on the RN164. In the same region, another camera had been burned on the RN165 at 2:30am on March 3 in Loire-Atlantique, according to Presse Ocean.
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2014 5:41:02 PM

Missouri: Speed camera bill squeaks by
Like a car going through a yellow light, the Missouri House has narrowly passed a bill that allows red-light and speed cameras but with restrictions. The measure that passed by just 3 votes, would allow cities to continue operating the cameras, but would limit the fines to $135 and would not penalize drivers with points.
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Idaho: 80 mph speed limit bill narrowly passes House, heads to governor’s desk
Speed limits up to 80 mph in Idaho? The House was decidedly less enthusiastic about the idea today than the Senate was earlier, but SB 1284a narrowly passed, 34-31, and now goes to Gov. Butch Otter.
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Georgia: ‘Slow Poke’ bill moves step closer to reality
The Georgia Legislature approved a measure today that would allow police to ticket those driving too slowly in the left lanes on the state’s highways and interstates. It needs Republican Gov. Nathan Deal’s signature to become law. John Bowman, a spokesman for the National Motorists Association, approves of the measure.
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