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Indiana House Bill 1286 – Automated traffic control in construction zones

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/in-hb1286/

Indiana House Bill 1208 – Elimination of lower speed limit for trucks

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/in-hb1208/

Indiana House Bill 1169 – Highway Work Zone Ticket Camera Pilot Program

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/in-hb1169/

Indiana SB 2 – School bus safety, increase of penalties, third-party enforcement

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/in-sb2/

A State Should Never Lease Its Roads: NMA E-Newsletter #614

Reason Foundation’s Transportation Guru Robert Poole released a study in August of how nine states could financially benefit if they were to lease their toll road systems to private concerns. Poole writes that these states would gain significant income from a long-term public-private partnership (P3), especially if the state had already paid off its outstanding […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/a-state-should-never-lease-its-roads-nma-e-newsletter-614/

Driving for Opportunity Act: NMA E-Newsletter #601

None of us ever want a traffic ticket, but at least many of us can afford to deal with the ticket either by fighting it or paying the fine. You might believe that if you violate a traffic law, no allegedly about it, you should pay the fine.  But what if the only recourse for […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/driving-for-opportunity-act-nma-e-newsletter-601/

Turn Signal on a Roundabout; Readers’ Comments Part 3: NMA E-Newsletter #588

Editor’s Note:  Part 3 will be the final chapter for readers’ comments on our Newsletter #585. More than 40 readers emailed us their thoughts on roundabouts. We did a tally on how many believe in signaling or not signaling in roundabouts: 46 percent for signaling 32 percent opposed to signaling 22 percent who did not […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/turn-signal-in-a-roundabout-readers-comments-part-3-nma-e-newsletter-588/

Turn Signal on a Roundabout; Reader Comments Part 2: NMA E-Newsletter #587

Editor’s Note: Roundabouts elicit all kinds of opinions, and the comments from our recent Newsletter #585 was no exception. Last week, we presented the first set of comments. Part two also runs the gamut of those for and against signaling in a roundabout. Readers’ Comments Part 2 No signaling should be required upon entering or […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/turn-signal-on-a-roundabout-reader-comments-part-2-nma-e-newsletter-587/

Turn Signal on a Roundabout; Reader Comments Part 1: NMA E-Newsletter #586

Editor’s Note: One thing we do know about roundabouts (traffic circles or rotaries), every driver has an opinion. There is something fundamental about stopping, yielding, and signaling that seems to create as much conflict on the road and strong opinions as almost anything we tackle. Roundabouts, just like speed limits, are something that many drivers […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/turn-signal-on-a-roundabout-reader-comments-part-1-nma-e-newsletter-586/

Turn Signal on a Roundabout: NMA E-Newsletter #585

One of the most basic rules of the road is that a driver must use a turn signal when turning right or left or changing lanes. But is this the case when exiting a roundabout? The Indiana Court of Appeals says no. The case started with a 2018 traffic stop in Warsaw. According to court […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/turn-signal-on-a-roundabout-nma-e-newsletter-585/

Are We Slinking Ever Closer to a Universal Road User Charge? Part 1—the National Landscape: NMA E-Newsletter #549

A road user charge or RUC (also referred to as the Vehicle Miles Traveled Tax or VMT Tax and Mileage Based User Fees or MBUF) currently permeates nearly every discussion of how our country will pay for infrastructure in the future. Many transportation planners and elected officials seem to agree the time has come to […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/are-we-slinking-ever-closer-to-a-universal-road-user-charge-part-1-the-national-landscape-nma-e-newsletter-549/

NMA Wrap Up of Legislative Activity, 2nd Quarter 2019: NMA E-Newsletter #547

April, May, and June were busy months in state legislatures where many of the bills affecting motorists that were introduced in the first quarter, or carried forward from last year, were resolved. The results were a mixed bag, but the biggest victory was a special one: Governor Greg Abbott of Texas signed into law House […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-wrap-up-of-legislative-activity-2nd-quarter-2019-nma-e-newsletter-547/

Motorists in Court—Latest Court Case Updates from Around the Country: NMA E-Newsletter #544

This time of year, many state legislatures have wrapped up their yearly bills, but courts never stop. Here are just some of the cases we have been tracking. The Colorado Supreme Court recently declared that an alert by a drug-sniffing police dog to detect marijuana and other drugs no longer provides probable cause for a […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/motorists-in-court-latest-court-case-updates-from-around-the-country-nma-e-newsletter-544/

An Eye on Recent Motorist Rights Court Cases, Part 2: NMA Weekly E-Newsletter #530

Many motorist rights court cases have made news in the past three months. Last week, we presented the first part of this update that focused on federal court decisions, and a few from the US Supreme Court. This week, we are diving into key motorist-related cases in state supreme or appellate courts. Our hope is […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/an-eye-on-recent-motorist-rights-court-cases-part-2-nma-weekly-e-newsletter-530/

Down the Rabbit Hole with Civil Asset Forfeiture: NMA E-Newsletter #494

As one of the NMA’s current national issues, Civil Asset Forfeiture or CAF is a program that allows the government at all levels to confiscate cash, cars and even homes from people who are suspected of criminal activity. Even if you are ruled innocent, your property is not necessarily returned; a trip to civil court […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/down-the-rabbit-hole-with-civil-asset-forfeiture-nma-e-newsletter-494/

Watch Out—You Could be Next!: NMA Weekly E-Newsletter #475

Most people’s interaction with a police officer is usually during a traffic stop. The anxiety and fear that most of us feel when stopped by a police officer makes it worse when we believe we have done nothing wrong or thought we were doing the right thing. Placed in jeopardy of receiving a ticket or […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/watch-next-nma-weekly-e-newsletter-475/

Next Generation Police Tools: NMA E-Newsletter #462

Traffic enforcement continues to go high tech beyond just the newest drone technology. Here are three recent examples of how police are using federal and state funding – some from assets seized from citizenry – to patrol motorists. Police Body Cameras In late October, results from a large study on police body cameras was released […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/next-generation-police-tools-nma-e-newsletter-462/

Trump Reverses Course on Infrastructure Funding: NMA E-Newsletter #456

In late September, President Donald Trump changed his mind on PPPs or Public-Private Partnerships, one of his bedrock funding mechanisms for funding infrastructure. He campaigned on the idea of utilizing PPPs and seemed to be for the idea all the way up until he reversed his support when talking to the House Ways and Means […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/trump-reverses-course-infrastructure-funding-nma-e-newsletter-456/

Transportation Shakeout from the 2016 Election: NMA E-Newsletter #409

The entire country shared a sigh of relief when the election in-fighting finally ended this week. Before the election, President-elect Donald Trump released his ideas on rebuilding America’s infrastructure. He said he wants to put a trillion dollars into rebuilding infrastructure over the next 10 years without raising taxes. He plans to do this through […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/transportation-shakeout-2016-election-nma-e-newsletter-409/

Tolling Matters This Election Season: NMA E-Newsletter #403

From guest writer Clark Barrineau of the Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates In the fall of 2015, Congress passed a five-year federal transportation bill. This law placed a “use-it-or-lose-it” provision on the Interstate System Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Pilot Program (ISRRPP)—a pilot program for tolling existing interstates. The three tolling pilot program slots are currently held by […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/tolling-matters-election-season-nma-e-newsletter-403/

More Nighttime Restrictions for Teen Drivers. Why? Part 2 Newsletter Readers Respond: NMA E-Newsletter #399

Last week’s newsletter on the new Center for Disease Control guidelines to states with regards to nighttime driving for teen drivers brought in some great comments for discussion.  We thought we would share a few thoughts covering both sides of the issue. To read last week’s newsletter, More Nighttime Restrictions for Teen Drivers. Why? Part […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/part-2-newsletter-readers-respond-nma-e-newsletter-399/

Federal Changes Bring Tolling Battle to the States: NMA E-Newsletter #378

After nearly two decades of action at the federal level, the battle to toll existing interstates is now shifting to the states, thanks to the federal transportation bill passed last fall. That bill, called the FAST Act, made changes to a federal program known as the Interstate System Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Pilot Program (ISRRPP). This […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/federal-changes-bring-tolling-battle-states-nma-e-newsletter-378/

PPP Myth Busters: NMA E-Newsletter #375

Back in 2012 Texas State Highway 130, a 41-mile stretch of toll road between Austin and San Antonio, made headlines for posting the highest speed limit in the country—a whopping 85 mph. Today, SH 130 is making headlines for a different reason. The company that runs it just declared bankruptcy. Even with the high speed […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/ppp-myth-busters-nma-e-newsletter-375/

NMA E-Newsletter #325: 2015 First Quarter Legislative Update

The NMA continues to advocate for motorists’ rights at the national, state and local level. Legislatures across the country took up a broad range of motorists’ issues in the first quarter of 2015. Here’s a brief summary of the driving-related issues we addressed. Arizona Supported Senate Bill 1167 which would ban red-light and speed cameras […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-325-2015-first-quarter-legislative-update/

NMA E-Newsletter #319: Cars That Never Made It

They were pure fantasy on wheels, machines designed to make the heart race and the mind ask, “What if?” These 1950s concept cars were automotive art built to attract public attention, test wild engineering ideas and give motorists a fleeting glimpse down the highway of tomorrow. 1957 CHRYSLER DIABLO 1956 BUICK CENTURION II 1954 FORD LA […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-319-cars-that-never-made-it-2/

NMA E-Newsletter #271: 2014 First Quarter Legislative Update

The NMA continues to advocate for motorists’ rights at the national, state and local level. Legislatures across the country took up a broad range of motorists’ issues in the first quarter of 2014. Here’s a brief summary of the driving-related issues we addressed.  California  Opposed efforts by the Elk Grove City Council to renew its […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-271-2014-first-quarter-legislative-update/

NMA E-Newsletter #259: A Private Windfall, a Public Bust

  As 2013 winds down, Indiana lawmakers and Governor Mike Pence are scrambling to come up with the money to fund the state’s transportation infrastructure. Governor Pence announced the creation of a “blue ribbon” panel to look at funding alternatives for future transportation projects, but it may be too little too late. At issue is […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-259-a-private-windfall-a-public-bust/

NMA E-Newsletter #250: The Ghosts of 1973

The year was 1973. British rockers Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and The Who were battling it out on the top of the charts. That year also marked the beginning of the OPEC oil embargo, and this past October 17th signified the 40th anniversary of that seminal event. Two months after the embargo took effect, Congress […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-250-the-ghosts-of-1973/

NMA E-Newsletter #247: How One Articulate Voice Can Sway Government

Earlier this year, Michigan Representative Wayne Schmidt (with support from a few fellow representatives) introduced two bills to the State Assembly, each designed to pave the way for automated ticketing machines, aka red-light and speed cameras. Michigan currently is one of fifteen states that ban the use of photo enforcement*. The camera companies are keenly […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-247-how-one-articulate-voice-can-sway-government/

NMA E-Newsletter #222: 2013 First Quarter Legislative Update

The NMA continues to advocate for motorists’ rights at the national, state and local level. Legislatures across the country took up a broad range of motorists’ issues in the first quarter of 2013. Here’s a brief summary of the driving-related issu…

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-222-2013-first-quarter-legis/

NMA E-Newsletter #214: Prognostications, Shmognostications

Here are a few choice excerpts from an article titled “How Fast is TOO Fast?” that was published in Popular Mechanics. Most of the conclusions were drawn by the Stanford Research Institute, “one of America’s most respected scientific centers” and …

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-214-prognostications-shmogno/

NMA E-Newsletter #208: Seven Years Later, Real ID Still Real Stuck

Just before the holidays, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a press release commending the states that have met the requirements of the Real ID Act of 2005 for driver’s licenses and identification cards. In the wake of 9/11, you wil…

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-208-seven-years-later-real-i/

NMA E-Newsletter #146: Oh Deer!

There are three primary deer hunting seasons in most states: gun, bow, and car. We were reminded of the latter this past weekend when ushering an out-of-town guest – actually a long-time NMA member – through some pretty countryside scenery between…

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-146-oh-deer/

NMA E-Newsletter #141: A Man’s Car Is His Castle

The typical North American adult spends between 15 and 20 hours a week driving or riding in a car. While that may not qualify the vehicle as being a home away from home, many motorists may feel differently – particularly if their typical commutes …

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-141-a-mans-car-is-his-castle/

NMA Email Newsletter: Issue #97

Ju$tice and Hypocrisy A common reason cited by recipients of traffic tickets for automatically pleading “guilty” and paying the fine without protest is, “If I got a ticket, I must have deserved it and I’m only doing my civic duty by accepting the …

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-email-newsletter-issue-97/

NMA Email Newsletter: Issue #65

Does This Make Sense? In his year or so of ruling over traffic court, Marion County (Indiana) Superior Court Judge Bill Young has exercised the court’s ability to tack heavy penalties on top of the existing structure of fines if defendants have th…

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-email-newsletter-issue-65/

NMA Email Newsletter: Issue #35

U.S. Toll Roads — Making Money For Whom? In recent years, some U.S. transportation authorities have sold outright their stake in local toll roads to foreign corporations. The results are rarely pretty. Transurban and Macquarie Infrastructure Grou…

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-email-newsletter-issue-35/

NMA Email Newsletter: Issue #21

Periodically we receive questions regarding what kinds of information a person is required to give a police officer upon demand. The review and discussion by NMA member Ted Levitt (included below) is a general overview of the topic, in particular …

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-email-newsletter-issue-21/