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Checking in with Columbus, Ohio, Winner of the 2016 Smart City Challenge: NMA E-Newsletter #608

In 2016, Columbus, OH, beat out 77 other US large and small cities to win the coveted $40 million US Department of Transportation Smart City Challenge. As the state capital and the largest city in Ohio, Columbus has the distinction of being the largest US metropolis (2018 population 892,533) not to have a subway or […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/checking-in-with-columbus-ohio-winner-of-the-2016-smart-city-challenge-nma-e-newsletter-608/

Ohio House Bill 468 – Alter law governing use of cell phone while driving

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/oh-hb468/

East Liverpool, Ohio Voters win the Day against Red-Light and Speed Cameras: NMA E-Newsletter #574

East Liverpool Citizens against Traffic Cameras is a group that has been trying to get a “ban on red-light cameras” measure on the local ballot for a few years. In 2017, City Auditor Marilyn Bosco blocked the group’s proposed referendum by refusing to certify it even though there were enough valid signatures on the petition. […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/east-liverpool-ohio-voters-win-the-day-against-red-light-and-speed-cameras-nma-e-newsletter-574/

A Policing-for-Profit Cautionary Tale–New Miami, Ohio: NMA E-Newsletter #561

An hour away from Cincinnati, the known speed trap village of New Miami sits just north of Hamilton, the Butler County seat. Over six years ago, drivers in a class action sued this sleepy village of nearly 2,400 residents over its questionable speed camera practices. Even though the village’s program was found unconstitutional in 2014, […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/a-policing-for-profit-cautionary-tale-new-miami-ohio-nma-e-newsletter-561/

Again, The Lines are Drawn in Ohio: NMA Weekly E-Newsletter #536

In early April, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine approved an $8 billion, two-year transportation budget that included a 10.5 cents-per-gallon gas tax hike and a 19 cent hike on diesel fuel. Raising taxes is always controversial but what has the state’s mayors in a tizzy is something entirely different. When the governor signed off on the […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/again-the-lines-are-drawn-in-ohio-nma-weekly-e-newsletter-536/

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/

Shenanigans Abound in the Washington State Ballot Initiative over Car Fees: NMA E-Newsletter #575

Motorists are not cash cows, and it is time elected officials stop treating us as such! In Washington State, Tim Eyman decided he didn’t think it was fair for everyone in the state to pay for big city transit projects through ever increasing vehicle registration fees (or car tabs, as the locals call them). Anger […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/shenanigans-abound-in-the-washington-state-ballot-initiative-over-car-fees-nma-e-newsletter-575/

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/

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/

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, Part 2: NMA E-Newsletter #467

Next Generation Police Tools will be an ongoing feature of the Weekly NMA E-Newsletter. Check out Part 1 HERE. Dragon Cameras Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Dayton, Ohio police departments recently announced they are using “Dragon Cameras,” a handheld device that uses both a laser measuring tool and a camera to capture an image of a […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/next-generation-police-tools-part-2-nma-e-newsletter-467/

Police in Two States use Hospitals to take Motorists’ Blood without a warrant: NMA Newsletter #466

By guest writer Joe Cadillic, from the MassPrivatal Blog Police state America has found a disturbing new way to forcibly take motorists blood without a warrant. Law enforcement is using private hospitals to do their dirty work. Earlier this year, I reported that police in Oregon were forcing hospitals to take motorists blood without a warrant. I […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/police-two-states-use-hospitals-take-motorists-blood-without-warrant-nma-newsletter-466/

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/

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/

2015 Second Quarter Legislative Update: NMA E-Newsletter #338

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. California Supported Senate Bill 218 which would prevent the Mountains Recreation and […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/2015-second-quarter-legislative-update-nma-e-newsletter-338/

NMA E-Newsletter #314: 2014 Third and Fourth 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 second half of 2014. Here’s a brief summary of the driving-related issues we addressed. California Opposed Assembly Bill 1646 which would add a violation point for texting […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-314-2014-third-and-fourth-quarter-legislative-update/

NMA E-Newsletter: #305: T’row de Bum(s) Out!

By Gary Biller, NMA President Popular lore has it that the phrase “throw the bums out” originated during the 1941 World Series when the New York Yankees faced off against the Brooklyn Dodgers. A man supposedly walked into a bar—stop us if you’ve heard this one before—in Brooklyn in the midst of the games and […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-305-trow-de-bums-out/

NMA E-Newsletter #287: 2014 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 second quarter of 2014. Here’s a brief summary of the driving-related issues we addressed. California Supported Senate Bill 893 which would strengthen privacy protections pertaining to […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-287-2014-second-quarter-legislative-update/

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 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 #266: Warrantless Vehicle Searches Part 2—The “In Plain View” Doctrine

This is the final part of a two-part series on warrantless vehicle searches written by NMA Texas member Ted Levitt, who is not an attorney but who has done extensive legal research on the subject. Read Part 1 here. Please note that neither of these articles should be construed as legal advice. The circumstances justifying […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-266-warrantless-vehicle-searches-part-2-the-in-plain-view-doctrine/

NMA E-Newsletter #265: The Ins and Outs of Warrantless Vehicle Searches (Part 1)

By Ted Levitt, NMA Member If you’ve ever been pulled over for a traffic stop you’ve probably wondered if the officer could search your vehicle without a warrant as well as how far that search could go. I decided to look into it. I am not a lawyer, but I have spent many hours doing […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-265-the-ins-and-outs-of-warrantless-vehicle-searches-part-1/

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 #236: Mors Ab Alto

We’ve all seen those “Speed Enforced by Aircraft” signs, and the first question that comes to mind is: Do they actually still do that? The answer is yes, but probably not as much as you think. Airplanes are expensive to maintain and operate ($150-$200 per hour, not including labor costs). Budget constraints in recent years […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-236-mors-ab-alto/

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 #205: Technology Failure Brings Early Holiday Gift to Motorists

The Village of Elmwood Place, Ohio, has had its share of ups and downs since it installed speed cameras on September 1. By some measures the program has been wildly successful, issuing 14,000 tickets and generating $470,000 in revenue. Elmwood Pla…

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-205-technology-failure-bring/

E-Newsletter #194: Does 85 mph Signal the End?

Texas made headlines recently when it approved an 85 mph speed limit on a stretch of toll road between Austin and San Antonio. As some incredulous media types pointed out, that’s the highest posted speed limit in the Western Hemisphere. Gasp!The p…

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/e-newsletter-194-does-85-mph-signal-the-end/

NMA E-Newsletter #170: 2012 First Quarter Legislative Update

The NMA is constantly advocating 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 2012. Here’s brief summary of the driving-related iss…

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-170-2012-first-quarter-legis/

NMA E-Newsletter #159: Another Case of Quantity over Quality

Residents in Arizona, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, Virginia, and Wyoming should be ashamed of themselves. Why? They simply haven’t passed enough traffic safety laws, according to a report from the Advocates for Highway and A…

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-159-another-case-of-quantity/

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 Email Newsletter: Issue #72

Boycotting Arizona (Kind Of) Hypocrisy remains supreme. Add the city of Columbus, Ohio to the list of governments and groups boycotting commerce with Arizona because of that state’s recent law that requires law enforcement to demand documentation …

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-email-newsletter-issue-72/

NMA Email Newsletter: Issue #69

The Diverging Diamond Interchange The concept was developed in France. (Insert joke here.) Only one such interchange exists in the United States: Springfield, MO activated a diverging diamond interchange (DDI) last June, and says it has seen a 60 …

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-email-newsletter-issue-69/

NMA Email Newsletter: Issue #53

Eye In The Sky: Speed Enforcement By Air Currently, nineteen states have an aviation component to their enforcement of traffic laws. If you live in, or have occasion to drive through, any of the states shown below, you should be aware of how the p…

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-email-newsletter-issue-53/

NMA Email Newsletter: Issue #52

Change Begins At The Community Level The NMA has been issuing statewide email alerts to members for several years, providing information about pending developments, usually legislative, on key issues for drivers. While that practice continues on a…

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-email-newsletter-issue-52/

NMA Email Newsletter: Issue #24

How Do I Fight A Ticket From Another State? This story comes in many different variations, but the bottom line is “what can a person do to fight a ticket that was generated in another state.” Your options are limited. You can go back to that state…

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-email-newsletter-issue-24/

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/

NMA Email Newsletter: Issue #14

Share The Pain The following article from the New York Times provides a fair warning of how state and local governments intend to “share the pain” during the current recession. Motorists will be the favorite target for new fees, fines, surcharges,…

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-email-newsletter-issue-14/