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Michigan Legislature Moves to Protect Driver Licenses

Dear Michigan NMA Members, Michigan may stop withholding driver licenses as punishment or as a way to force payment of fines and judgments, under a package of bills introduced on June 11. House Bills 5846-5854 would greatly reduce the number of offenses for which the state can take away your driver license, or impose large fines. […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/michigan-legislature-moves-to-protect-driver-licenses/

Michigan House Bill 5041 – Transportation; school vehicles; school bus stop-arm cameras; . . . provide penalties for violations

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/mi-hb5041/

Motorists Vote 2020 Ballot Initiatives Final Count: NMA E-Newsletter #618

Statewide ballot initiatives and local votes on infrastructure and transit have now been finalized from the November 3, 2020 election. Check out the final results below from the motorists’ rights statewide initiatives we outlined in the NMA weekly E-Newsletter #612. Important local election results follow the state ballot initiatives reporting.   Statewide Ballot Initiatives Arkansas […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/motorists-vote-2020-ballot-initiatives-final-count/

Motorists Vote 2020 Ballot Initiatives: NMA E-Newsletter #612

The November 3rd election day is a month away, and mail-in voting has already begun in many states. If you have not cast your ballot yet, be sure to consider motorists’ rights issues in your decisions on which candidates and issues to support. Check out the NMA’s Motorists Vote 2020 Guide (a slideshow with a […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/motorists-vote-2020-ballot-initiatives-nma-e-newsletter-612/

What about Police Traffic Stop Reform Part 1: NMA E-Newsletter #603

2020 has undoubtedly been a tough year for all of us. The COVID-19 crisis has changed many aspects of our lives, and so have the protests around the world in the wake of George Floyd’s death. At first, the protests were against police brutality, and now they have turned into calls for police reform. Much […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/what-about-police-traffic-stop-reform-part-1-nma-e-newsletter-603/

“Driving While Black” Billboard Shines Light on City Ticket Records: NMA E-Newsletter #602

By a Michigan NMA Member On July 6, an electronic billboard appeared along I-96 in Redford Township, Michigan, just east of the city limits of Livonia. It warned drivers leaving Detroit, “Driving while black?  Racial profiling just ahead. Welcome to Livonia.” Livonia is a racially-mixed city of 97,000, covering 36 square miles of 1950s homes […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/driving-while-black-billboard-shines-light-on-city-ticket-records-nma-e-newsletter-602/

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/

What’s Next for Motorists’ Rights—Part 2: NMA E-Newsletter #598

The need to advocate for motorists’ rights has grown during the time of COVID. NMA members need to be more vigilant than ever in their home communities and states. This newsletter is a reflection of what we see trending nationally. Last week in Part 1, we looked into our crystal ball at speed limits, automated […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/whats-next-for-motorists-rights-part-2-nma-e-newsletter-598/

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/

Out of Chaos Comes Driver Courtesy Part 2–Readers Comments: NMA E-Newsletter #584

Editor’s Note:  A number of our weekly newsletter readers had responses to Part 1 of Newsletter #582 Out of Chaos Comes Driver Courtesy. Not only did they send comments, but two also had videos to share of an earlier time when courtesy among all road users was the true rule of the road. This Cambodian […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/out-of-chaos-comes-driver-courtesy-part-2-readers-comments-nma-e-newsletter-584/

Twenty-Eight Years Later: NMA E-Newsletter #580

Every so often, some spring cleaning is required to tidy up and put one’s house in order. We are getting an early start on the seasonal ritual at the NMA offices, and in the process, turned up an interesting opinion piece written by a member who is still very active today. We won’t name names […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/twenty-eight-years-later-the-words-still-ring-true-nma-e-newsletter-580/

Ticket Quotas are Alive and All Too Well: NMA Weekly E-Newsletter #572

By our latest count, twenty states have explicit laws banning traffic ticket quotas. And yet, the practice continues, even within some of those states. City, county, and state budgets must be met, and a reliable target for revenue continues to be the motorist. A brief rundown of the states with quota prohibitions follows but first, […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/ticket-quotas-are-alive-and-all-too-well-nma-weekly-e-newsletter-572/

Are We Slinking Ever Closer to a Universal Road User Charge? Part 2—Congress: NMA E-Newsletter #550

Last week, in Part one of Are We Slinking Ever Closer to a Universal Road User Charge?, we examined the efforts of various groups that are currently pushing road user fees onto the American public. (A road user charge or RUC is also commonly referred to as the Vehicle Miles Traveled Tax or VMT Tax […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/are-we-slinking-ever-closer-to-a-universal-road-user-charge-part-2-congress-nma-e-newsletter-550/

US Congress HB 1895 – FAIR Act Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration Act of 2019

UPDATE May 3, 2019: Referred to Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties. House Bill 1895 was introduced March 27, 2019 in a bipartisan fashion by a number of Republican and Democrat lawmakers, led by Rep. Tim Walberg of Michigan. Similar legislation has been introduced in the past and has met favorable reaction, […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/us-hb1895/

Are Cyclists Vision Zero Zealots—Readers’ Responses: NMA Weekly E-Newsletter #525

Last week, we emailed and posted on our website a guest newsletter entitled Are Cyclists Vision Zero Zealots? written by Eric Berg, an NMA Board Member, an NMA Life Member, an avid sport bicyclist, and a staunch defender of motorists’ rights. Readers, including some of whom (like Eric) are bicyclists, responded with interesting perspectives which […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/are-cyclists-vision-zero-zealots-readers-responses-nma-weekly-e-newsletter-525/

To Record or Not to Record, That is the Question: NMA E-Newsletter #512

An interesting phenomenon is being reported by some members. Police officers approaching their vehicles during routine traffic stops are asking an opening question different than the traditional, “Do you know why I stopped you?” Rather, in this day of rising popularity of dashcams and the ubiquitous presence of smartphones, the opening query is just as […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/to-record-or-not-to-record-that-is-the-question-nma-e-newsletter-512/

Can the Proverbial Pothole Problem be Disrupted?: NMA E-Newsletter #493

Nothing worse than hitting a pothole you can’t avoid on the road. Not only is it jarring and disruptive to your driving but it can also damage your car. AAA reports that American drivers pay an estimated $3 billion per year to repair cars damaged by potholes. AAA Manager of Technical Services Michael Calkins said […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/can-the-proverbial-pothole-problem-be-disrupted-nma-e-newsletter-493/

A License Plate to Remember Part 2—Your Comments: NMA Weekly E-Newsletter #492

The National Motorists Association received some thoughtful comments from readers like you and thought we should share them.  If you missed reading Part 1, click HERE. Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in this newsletter are those of the author. I enjoyed reading today’s NMA Weekly E-Newsletter. Another topic that has hit several people I have worked […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/a-license-plate-to-remember-part-2-your-comments-nma-weekly-e-newsletter-492/

Omni Directional Law Enforcement Confirmation Lights – Sound Ominous to You? NMA E-Newsletter #457

It should. Bismarck, North Dakota and St. Louis County, Minnesota are among communities that will soon be installing blue lights at signalized intersections with the intent of catching red-light runners. Omni Directional Law Enforcement Confirmation Lights – the acronym ODLECL rolls right off the tongue – are simply blue lights that begin flashing as soon […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/omni-directional-law-enforcement-confirmation-lights-sound-ominous-nma-e-newsletter-457/

Losing a License Due To Unpaid Fines Is Hurting Millions: NMA E-Newsletter #455

When a motorist receives a traffic ticket the expectation is that if you plead guilty or are found guilty, you pay the fine. Most of us would agree that if you break the law then you should pay for it. But what if you really cannot “pay for it” due to life circumstances? The Falls […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/losing-license-due-unpaid-fines-hurting-millions-nma-e-newsletter-455/

No lollygagging in the Left Lane, Please! Legislative Update on Lane Courtesy Laws: NMA E-Newsletter #438

June is Lane Courtesy Month and many state legislatures are taking on the problem of drivers who impede traffic by camping out in the left lane.  The NMA long ago established June as the spotlight month for lane courtesy to raise awareness that keeping right to allow faster traffic to pass is one of the […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/no-lollygagging-left-lane-please-legislative-update-lane-courtesy-laws-nma-e-newsletter-438/

How Policing for Profit can lead to a Debtors’ Prisons: NMA E-Newsletter #429

Alexander City, Alabama has agreed to give $680,000 to nearly 200 people who were jailed because they were too poor to pay their court fines. The suit filed in September 2015 by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) claimed that the town ran “a modern-day debtors prison.” Indigent debtors served time in the municipal jail […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/policing-profit-can-lead-debtors-prisons-nma-e-newsletter-429/

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/

Don’t (Snap)Shoot Yourself in the Foot Part 2. Newsletter Readers Respond: NMA E-Newsletter #407

NMA Newsletter #404 on the devices insurance companies want you to use as part of a good driver program and vehicle black boxes (or event data recorders) brought in some great comments for discussion. We thought we would share a few thoughts from NMA members. To read the October 9th NMA E-Newsletter #404, Don’t (Snap)Shoot Yourself […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/dont-snapshoot-foot-part-2-newsletter-readers-respond-nma-e-newsletter-407/

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/

DUID—Driving under the influence of Drugs just took a Turn: NMA E-Newsletter #394

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed into law last month a plan that allows state police to implement one of the most invasive methods of drug testing in the country all in the name of a pilot program:  saliva swab tests. Michigan drivers from 5 counties (yet to be determined) will be the experimental rats so […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/duid-driving-under-the-influence-of-drugs-just-took-a-turn-nma-e-newsletter-394/

Personal Space Invasion—What Gives?: NMA E-Newsletter #393

Remember August 15th as the first of days where personal space is no longer personal. For example, the inside of our car is one of the best personal spaces that we all have. Sometimes it is the only place where we can be alone with our thoughts, where we can rock out with our tunes […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/personal-space-invasion-what-gives-nma-e-newsletter-393/

The March to Automation: Feedback on the Advent of Driverless Car Technology: NMA E-Newsletter #384

The response to our e-newsletter of two weeks ago (Zombie Drivers – Say What?: NMA E-Newsletter #382) has been considerable.  That overall interest in the topic of driverless cars is also reflected by the daily influx of related stories to the NMA newsfeeds that fuel the Driving News sections of our Motorists.org state pages. Before […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/march-automation-feedback-advent-driverless-car-technology-nma-e-newsletter-384/

2016 First Quarter Legislative Update: NMA E-Newsletter #376

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 2016. Here’s a brief summary of the driving-related issues we addressed. Arizona Opposed House Bill 2366 which would revise Arizona’s red-light camera law […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/2016-first-quarter-legislative-update-nma-e-newsletter-376/

The Economic Consequences of Photo Enforcement: NMA E-Newsletter #374

Editor’s Note: News that red-light cameras in Jacksonville, Florida, delivered almost $368,000 in profits prompted this recent email exchange between NMA Foundation Executive Director Jim Walker and a city official. Jim’s economic argument against ticket cameras is instructive but clearly fell on deaf ears. His follow-up email is equally powerful. Note the official response to […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/economic-consequences-photo-enforcement-nma-e-newsletter-374/

2015 Fourth Quarter Legislative Update: NMA E-Newsletter #364

The legislative process slows down throughout the fall and into the holidays since most state legislatures have recessed for the year. Look for much more activity in the first quarter of 2016. However, we did see a few notable proposals that required our members’ attention in the fourth quarter of 2015, which we will summarize […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/2015-fourth-quarter-legislative-update-nma-e-newsletter-364/

The NMA Reveals the Top Speed Trap States in the Country: NMA E-Newsletter #359

The NMA just launched its latest salvo in the speed trap wars with the following press release that ranks the Worst Speed Trap states in the country. The goal is to call attention to “Policing for Profit” wherever we see it and to expose the worst offenders. Not coincidentally, this is also the theme for […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/the-nma-reveals-the-top-speed-trap-states-in-the-country-nma-e-newsletter-359/

“Seriously? It’s Come to This?” Part 2: NMA E-Newsletter #357

In August we recounted some driving stories that were just too absurd to be true (“Seriously? It’s Come to This?” NMA Newsletter #345). Alas, they were true, and the sad part is we’ve compiled enough stories for Part 2. So here goes. New Haven, Connecticut, has been experiencing an uptick in vehicle break-ins lately. The […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/seriously-its-come-to-this-part-2-nma-e-newsletter-357/

The Clean Diesel Alternative: NMA E-Newsletter #340

With the advent of ever more stringent Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency requirements, many automakers are turning to clean diesel powered vehicles to improve fuel economy. If you’re in the market for a new car or truck, a diesel vehicle could save you money down the road. This is because diesel vehicles cost less to own […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/the-clean-diesel-alternative-nma-e-newsletter-340/

NMA E-Newsletter #331: The Tradeoffs of Driverless Cars

No development in the auto industry has attracted more attention lately than the prospect of driverless cars. And with good reason. Driverless car advocates promise many potential benefits including safer roads, less congestion, greater mobility and convenience, and lower insurance costs. As we pointed out in our summer 2013 Driving Freedoms cover story, driverless cars […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-331-the-tradeoffs-of-driverless-cars/

NMA E-Newsletter #324: Court Innovations Will Create More Fergusons

Editor’s Note: Last week’s newsletter described the Court Innovations system, an online interface that lets ticket recipients plea bargain remotely without having to show up in court. Sounds convenient, but it really amounts to a way for the courts to discourage appeals and to expedite the payment process. A member from Michigan, where this system […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-324-court-innovations-will-create-more-fergusons/

NMA E-Newsletter #323: Sacrificing Rights in the Name of Efficiency (and Money)

The NMA’s ever vigilant Michigan contingent sent us this article about a startup company that has made it even easier for the traffic justice system to hoover up your hard-earned money. The company, Court Innovations, has developed a web-based app that lets traffic ticket recipients negotiate court settlements remotely, instead of showing up in court […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-323-sacrificing-rights-in-the-name-of-efficiency-and-money/

NMA E-Newsletter #313: The Wonderful World of Driving circa 1958

Those of us of a certain age fondly remember the Sunday night TV ritual of watching “The Wonderful World of Disney.” Tucked in among all of the Disney standards like Davey Crockett and The Absent Minded Professor was a particularly compelling episode from 1958 extolling the virtues of the burgeoning interstate highway system. Turns out […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-313-the-wonderful-world-of-driving-circa-1958/

NMA E-Newsletter #281: Members Share Thoughts on Emerging Transportation Designs

In last week’s newsletter (#280: Can it really be Safer to Drive on the Wrong Side of the Road?) we discussed several emerging, “alternative” interchange and intersection designs: the Diverging Diamond Interchange, the Displaced Left Turn Intersection and the U-Turn Intersection. We asked if you’ve ever driven one and what you thought about them overall. […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-281-members-share-thoughts-on-emerging-transportation-designs/

NMA E-Newsletter #280: Can it really be Safer to Drive on the Wrong Side of the Road?

They’re rebuilding the main intersection here in Waunakee, transforming a traditional signalized intersection into a roundabout. Our office is about block away from the action, so we can hear them working, and much of the traffic is getting diverted onto our street for the duration of the project. The roundabout is a relatively new fixture […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-280-can-it-really-be-safer-to-drive-on-the-wrong-side-of-the-road/

NMA Newsletter #277: Legalized Grand Theft Auto

Editor’s Note: The following is a first-hand account from John Pirog, a NMA member who was the victim of “predatory towing.” Predatory towing comes in several forms. One type, commonly referred to as patrol towing, uses a scout who spots vulnerable vehicles and then calls a nearby truck to tow them away. The entire process […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-newsletter-277-legalized-grand-theft-auto/

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 #254: ‘Tis the Season

For some, this weekend marks the start of the holiest of seasons here in Wisconsin, otherwise known as deer hunting. That means an estimated 650,000 blaze-orange clad hunters will take to the woods in pursuit of the state’s 1.4 million deer. What could go wrong? Quite a bit, actually. You see, Wisconsin and a handful […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-254-tis-the-season/

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 #246: Silence is no Longer Golden

By Ted Levitt, NMA Member Several years ago the NMA published an article I wrote about “Your Right to Remain Silent”. Since then several U.S. Supreme Court rulings have greatly eroded that right. Remaining silent is no longer the right thing to do, in my opinion. Here’s why. In 2010 the U.S. Supreme Court decided that […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-246-silence-is-no-longer-golden/

NMA E-Newsletter #242: The Myth of “No-Point” Violations

Traffic courts and prosecutors know that many traffic defendants will happily plead guilty and pay the fine as long as no points appear on their driving record. The court exacts its pound of flesh and the driver keeps a clean record. Everybody wins, right? Not always. A former school teacher from Georgia emailed us with […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-242-the-myth-of-no-point-violations/

NMA E-Newsletter #238: An Easy Way to Speak Up

Summer is a great time to set pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and write a letter to your local newspaper or to an elected official. Many NMA members have been doing just that so we thought we would share a few examples to inspire you. Executive Director of the NMA Foundation Board Jim […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-238-an-easy-way-to-speak-up/

NMA E-Newsletter #237: 2013 Second 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 issues we addressed: California: Supported Assembly Bill 612 which would add 1.0 second to the duration […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-237-2013-second-quarter-legislative-update/

NMA E-Newsletter #231: Red-Light Camera Companies Fight Back

Despite scandal, gross mismanagement and financial setback, purveyors of red-light cameras continue their quest to place cameras on every street corner in the nation. Or maybe it’s because of these challenges. Either way, camera companies are practically doing or saying anything to regain the profitable ground they’ve lost over the last year. One strategy is to put the hit […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-231-red-light-camera-companies-fight-back/

NMA E-Newsletter #229: Time to Recognize Those Who Take a Stand

Public officials taking outspoken, principled stances? It’s rare, but it does happen. What’s even rarer is when those stances favor drivers’ rights. Here are a few recent examples. During his 2012 re-election bid, Fullerton, California, City Councilman Travis Kiger publically spoke out against taking federal grant money to implement DUI roadblocks. He rightly criticized this […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-229-time-to-recognize-those-who-take-a-stand/

NMA E-Newsletter #213: Members Comment on Auto Shows and the State of the Industry

In last week’s newsletter (#212: Is the Thrill Really Gone?) two longtime NMA members reflected on the state of today’s car shows as well as on today’s automotive market in general. Playing off some of their more provocative comments we asked you …

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-213-members-comment-on-auto/

NMA E-Newsletter #204: Proper Speed Zoning—Standard vs. Reality

Executive Director of the NMA Foundation Jim Walker recently sent us an interesting document chock full of common-sense information on speed zoning. Jim described it as “one of the clearest manuals about how to set proper speed limits. If this man…

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-204-proper-speed-zoningstand/

NMA E-Newsletter #186: No Drive to Drive

By John Bowman, NMA Communications DirectorGetting a driver’s license used to be viewed as a rite of passage, a sign of maturity. So, why has this golden ticket to independence and happiness lost its luster with so many young people?The facts are …

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-186-no-drive-to-drive/

NMA E-Newsletter #177: Policing for Profit

It’s common knowledge (verified by academic studies) that traffic enforcement becomes more heavy-handed in tough economic times. Policymakers looking for creative ways to fill ever widening budget gaps often find motorists easy targets.But if the …

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-177-policing-for-profit-20947/

NMA E-Newsletter #173: Pleading Guilty or No Contest Could Cost More Than You Think

What’s at stake when you get a traffic ticket? A fine. Maybe a couple of points on your license. Pay up and move on, right? What if you found out later that you had to pay an additional penalty due to the nature of your infraction? Would you have …

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-173-pleading-guilty-or-no-co-75595/

NMA E-Newsletter #158: NMA’s 2011 4th Quarter Legislative Update

The NMA has always advocated for motorists’ rights at the national, state and local level. This goes back to our founding in 1982 when we began the fight to repeal the 55 mph Maximum National Speed Limit. Today, we routinely track legislation and …

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-158-nmas-2011-4th-quarter-le/

NMA E-Newsletter #120: An Unusual Confluence of Events

Last week, as NMA supporting members began receiving the Spring issue of Driving Freedoms in the mail, a story broke that was seemingly at odds with the cover story of that issue. While several media outlets were reporting that the Michigan State …

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-120-an-unusual-confluence-of/

NMA Email Newsletter: Issue #68

Out of State But Not Out of Mind We recently received an “Ask a Ticket Question” from a North Carolina resident — we’ll call him Joe Smith — who was cited for speeding in Missouri. The ticket was issued for allegedly going 81 mph in a 65 mph z…

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-email-newsletter-issue-68/

NMA Email Newsletter: Issue #59

Time to Revisit Sitz vs. Michigan Sitz vs. Michigan is the US Supreme Court decision that officially opened the door for roadblocks in the United States. The Michigan Supreme Courts ruled that DUI roadblocks were unconstitutional. The case was app…

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-email-newsletter-issue-59/

NMA Email Newsletter: Issue #49

Bambi Alert! Between 1990 and 2007 there has been an increase of 110 percent in highway fatalities, where striking an animal was the initial cause of the accident. The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute decided to research th…

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-email-newsletter-issue-49/

NMA Email Newsletter: Issue #19

Traffic Ticket Attorneys: A Tip From A NMA Member As a followup to last week’s newsletter on the topic of how to hire a traffic ticket attorney, we thought we would share this tip from one of your fellow members: Additionally, you should contact y…

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-email-newsletter-issue-19/