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ALPRs win the Day in the Virginia Supreme Court: NMA E-Newsletter #623

Automatic License Plate Readers or ALPRs can detail a motorist’s comings and goings without any thought of whether the person driving is suspected of nefarious activity. Some motorists around the country are challenging ALPR tracking in court. The latest dispatch comes from Virginia. In 2015, motorist Harrison Neal started his legal battle over the Fairfax […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/alprs-win-the-day-in-the-virginia-supreme-court-nma-e-newsletter-623/

West Virginia SB 458 – Relating to traffic regulations

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/wv-sb458/

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/

The Selling of a Narrative: NMA E-Newsletter #591

By Gary Biller, NMA President The media has never shied away from peddling stories that sell. Often in doing so, the truth gets kicked to the curb or run over. Such is the case in the current lockdown climate where sensationalistic headlines scream that 100+ mph super speeders are taking advantage of less-crowded roads across […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/the-selling-of-a-narrative-nma-e-newsletter-591/

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/

Are We Slinking Ever Closer to a Universal Road User Charge? Part 3—Regional and Local Efforts: NMA E-Newsletter #551

In Parts One and Two of this series, Are We Slinking Ever Closer to a Universal Road User Charge?, we explored what is happening on the national level and in Congress respectively. Road User Charges (RUC) are also called Vehicle Miles Traveled Tax (VMT) or Mileage-Based User Fees (MBUF). A number of states are experimenting […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/are-we-slinking-ever-closer-to-a-universal-road-user-charge-part-3-regional-and-local-efforts-nma-e-newsletter-551/

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/

A Forum About Modifying Speed Limits and Driver Behavior: NMA E-Newsletter #537

The April 15-16, 2019 conference in Ruckersville, Virginia was billed as a “national forum [seeking] to address the neglected problem of speeding.” The sponsoring organizations, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), are leading proponents of lowering speed limits with the goal of reducing highway fatalities to near […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/a-forum-about-modifying-speed-limits-and-driver-behavior-nma-e-newsletter-537/

Tracking Legislative Activity the NMA Way: NMA –E-Newsletter #533

Today we complete the first full calendar quarter of reporting motorist-related activity that is passing through state and federal legislatures. The NMA Bill/Regulation Tracker (Bill Tracker) was introduced in the Winter 2019 issue of Driving Freedoms and went live on Motorists.org in early January when most states began new legislative sessions. Only three months in […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/tracking-legislative-activity-the-nma-way-nma-e-newsletter-533/

On the 2019 Legislative Agenda–Red-Light Cameras: NMA E-Newsletter #526

January and February are the heart of activity for many state legislative sessions across the country. Red-light cameras (RLCs) have certainly been the focus in a number of states. Bills in Colorado, Florida and Illinois are calling for outright bans. Legislators in Texas want to ban new camera programs while allowing existing installations to finish […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/on-the-2019-legislative-agenda-red-light-cameras-nma-e-newsletter-526/

National Academies Report Demands $70 Billion In Highway Tolls, Taxes: NMA E-Newsletter #521

“This article originally appeared on TheNewspaper.com, (“Driving Politics”) and is reprinted with their kind permission.”  Federally funded report explores the possibility of turning every mile of interstate highway into a toll road. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine on Thursday released a report saying motorists ought to pay up to $70 billion in higher […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/national-academies-report-demands-70-billion-in-highway-tolls-taxes-nma-e-newsletter-521/

Caught in the Cogs of a Bureaucratic Machine: NMA E-Newsletter #515

Since early August, the Virginia Department of Motor vehicles continued to badger one of our Virginia members, Mike, about needing proof of insurance for a vehicle that only had, per agency records, 16 characters in its Vehicle Identification Number. Since VINs have exactly 17 characters, the DMV was asking for proof of a vehicle that […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/caught-in-the-cogs-of-a-bureaucratic-machine-nma-e-newsletter-515/

Pushing Coercion of Motorists to the Edge of Legality: NMA E-Newsletter #505

Two states, Arizona and Virginia, require some measure of due process when issuing photo tickets: To be considered a valid citation, the summons must either be handed directly to the accused by a process server or the target must otherwise acknowledge receipt. Without that proof of being served it can’t be verified to the court […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/pushing-coercion-of-motorists-to-the-edge-of-legality-nma-e-newsletter-505/

Police Misconduct Costs Taxpayers More Than Just Money: NMA Weekly E-Newsletter #502

Society has trouble talking about police misconduct in any meaningful way. If we question police actions, it looks as if we don’t support them. In reality, most of us do support the brave men and women who put themselves on the line every day for our safety. When traffic stops are the most common daily […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/police-misconduct-costs-taxpayers-more-than-just-money-nma-weekly-e-newsletter-502/

The Zipper Merge—Coming to a Construction Zone near You Part 2, Readers Comments: NMA E-Newsletter #501

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.  I’m glad one more place seems to have figured this out. Many other places have not. People get the idea that others who are using an open lane to a […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/the-zipper-merge-coming-to-a-construction-zone-near-you-part-2-readers-comments-nma-e-newsletter-501/

Should Parents be Teaching Their Kids How to Drive? NMA E-Newsletter #497

By Shelia Dunn, NMA Communications Director Our son will soon turn 16 and he has no interest in learning how to drive yet. I’m relieved. I don’t want to teach him how to drive especially since I drive a stick shift. It doesn’t help that I’m not really the best role model of driving. I’m […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/should-parents-be-teaching-their-kids-how-to-drive-nma-e-newsletter-497/

A License Plate to Remember: NMA Weekly E-Newsletter #490

A requirement of owning a vehicle, the lowly license plate has its place among the more tedious aspects of our driving existence. No one enjoys going on online or waiting at the DMV to purchase their yearly tags. But without them, we would be stopped and fined heavily. Car registration coupled with our faithful license […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/a-license-plate-to-remember-nma-weekly-e-newsletter-490/

Getting REAL: NMA Weekly E-Newsletter #478

With the February 25, 2018 newsletter regarding the advent of digital driver’s licenses, it is an appropriate time to provide an update on the implementation of the REAL ID Act of 2005. Over the past 12 years, the NMA and other civil liberties organizations have lobbied against REAL ID which in effect would convert your […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/getting-real-nma-weekly-e-newsletter-478/

Commuters vs. Neighborhoods—Congestion at its Root: NMA Weekly E-Newsletter #477

We all pay for public roads so shouldn’t we be able to travel on them when we want? A number of New Jersey towns and villages are saying NO. If you don’t live here, you don’t have the right to take a neighborhood street to beat congestion during rush hour. Part of the reason commuters […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/commuters-vs-neighborhoods-congestion-root-nma-weekly-e-newsletter-477/

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/

Congestion Pricing Cannot be the Future of Transportation Funding, Part 1: NMA E-Newsletter #468

Single-occupant Northern Virginia commuters had a rude awakening in early December when they used Interstate 66 express lanes and found new tolls spiking as high as $44 for commuting the 10-mile stretch between the Capital Beltway and the District of Columbia. While the Virginia DOT showed that the average round-trip toll during the first week […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/congestion-pricing-cannot-future-transportation-funding-part-1-nma-e-newsletter-468/

Funding Infrastructure in Rural America—a Snapshot of Three States: NMA E-Newsletter #463

Whenever the media reports on infrastructure, much of the time the discussion centers on urban cores and highways. Small towns and rural roads are often left out of the discussion but related infrastructure needs can be just as critical. Securing adequate funding for road and bridge maintenance requires the active involvement and cooperation of rural, […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/funding-infrastructure-rural-america-snapshot-three-states-nma-e-newsletter-463/

Gotcha Speed Enforcement – Feds Are Complicit: NMA E-Newsletter #460

With great thanks to advocate Joe Bahen, the NMA played an active role in the development of the 2012-2016 Virginia Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP). With the SHSP for the next five years now moving into the implementation phase, Joe continues to work with state officials to craft a safety roadmap that is effective and […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/gotcha-speed-enforcement-feds-complicit-nma-e-newsletter-460/

Teaching Kids to Interact with Police—will it help?: NMA E-Newsletter #459

Illinois, Louisiana, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia have passed legislation that mandates schools teach students how to conduct themselves around police. Texas passed its law in the last legislative session and mandated that high schools and especially driver’s education courses train students how to conduct themselves around law enforcement. Texas also passed a law to […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/teaching-kids-interact-police-will-help-nma-e-newsletter-459/

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/

Lane Courtesy or Law–A California Cultural Examination: NMA E-Newsletter #439

from Norman Risch, NMA California Member While the NMA has been increasingly promoting left lane courtesy for years, I can compare several states in which I have lived or worked. California is far worse than Maryland, DC, or Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and most other Eastern states in left and right lane courtesy (not that any […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/lane-courtesy-law-california-cultural-examination-nma-e-newsletter-439/

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/

Is Distracted Driving the new Drunk Driving? Part 2: NMA E-Newsletter #434

Part 1 dealt with how distracted driving enforcement campaigns, fueled by federal highway money, are also dragnets for other offenses. Part 2 examines new law enforcement tools to check on texting while driving. Currently, law enforcement has great difficulty in determining if a driver was using electronic devices before a crash (and more importantly whether […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/distracted-driving-new-drunk-driving-part-2-nma-e-newsletter-434/

How Policing for Profit can lead to a Debtors’ Prisons Part 2 Readers Comments: NMA E-Newsletter #430

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.  Sadly, what you write rings true. My old home town, Cambridge, NY, has for years supported an aggressive policing for profit operation on NY route 22. They have a […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/policing-profit-can-lead-debtors-prisons-part-2-readers-comments-nma-e-newsletter-430/

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/

Payment Assurance Devices under Scrutiny: NMA E-Newsletter #428

The Federal Trade Commission has started an investigation into the practice of auto lenders equipping new vehicles with GPS and other devices. A payment assurance device attached to a vehicle’s ignition allows finance companies to remotely and instantly disable the vehicle and prevent it from being driven. If a car goes missing, lenders can use […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/payment-assurance-devices-scrutiny-nma-e-newsletter-428/

The Politics of Roadblocks: NMA E-Newsletter #427

In Montana, one state lawmaker has taken aim at random roadblocks. House Bill 146 would require law enforcement to give at least 48 hours public notice, which includes information to the news media, before setting up temporary road blocks. HB146 has already passed nearly unanimously in both the state house and senate and is now […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/politics-roadblocks-nma-e-newsletter-427/

Keeping my VW Diesel till the Bitter End-Part 1: NMA E-Newsletter #417

By Greg Amy, Connecticut State Activist By now you are well aware of the Volkswagen “TDI Scandal”. In September 2015, VW got caught by a West Virginia University lab cheating on its emissions testing procedures for 2009 – 2015 VW 2.0L TDI-equipped cars. Simply put, the EPA accused VW of putting code in its engine […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/keeping-vw-diesel-till-bitter-end-part-1-nma-e-newsletter-417/

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/

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/

Vultures Await! Beware of the Predatory Tow: NMA E-Newsletter #390

If you have ever had your car towed for whatever reason, getting it back is a real hassle.  Unfortunately, having your car towed because you parked illegally, had an accident or break down usually means you are having a pretty bad day.  Predatory towing makes the experience even worse. According to the Parking Enforcer Blog, […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/vultures-await-beware-predatory-tow-nma-e-newsletter-390/

Saint or Sinner, Government Eyes Are Watching Every Move You Make: NMA E-Newsletter #380

By John W. Whitehead, President, The Rutherford Institute Government eyes are watching you. They see your every move: what you read, how much you spend, where you go, with whom you interact, when you wake up in the morning, what you’re watching on television and reading on the internet. Every move you make is being […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/saint-sinner-government-eyes-watching-every-move-make-nma-e-newsletter-380/

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/

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/

Is it the “Golden Age” for Roundabouts? NMA E-Newsletter #367

Just when you thought you had the roundabout figured out, someone comes along and redesigns it so that you have to slow down again and think about what you’re doing. Ever heard of a Hamburger roundabout or Dog Bone roundabout? How about a Turbo roundabout or a Dumbbell roundabout? We hadn’t heard these terms either until we […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/is-it-the-golden-age-for-roundabouts-nma-e-newsletter-367/

Disarming Your Opponent with Reason and Facts: NMA E-Newsletter #360

Editor’s Note: The NMA has a long tradition of calling out the AAA for its often contradictory or hypocritical stances on important motorists’ issues such as improperly set speed limits and the use of red-light cameras. NMA Foundation Executive Director Jim Walker has often led the charge as he did recently with this letter to […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/disarming-your-opponent-with-reason-and-facts-nma-e-newsletter-360/

A Few “Pointers” for Surviving Deer Season: NMA E-Newsletter #358

Despite the faltering Green Bay Packers, Cheeseheads can still rejoice since this weekend is the opening of white-tailed deer hunting season in Wisconsin. And with it comes increased risk of a deer-vehicle collision. According to State Farm Insurance, the odds of having an accident claim involving a deer, elk or moose are 1 out of […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/a-few-pointers-for-surviving-deer-season-nma-e-newsletter-358/

IIHS Shills for Camera Industry: NMA E-Newsletter #347

In its 30-page report issued last week about the Montgomery County, Maryland, speed camera program, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) does its best to revive a reeling camera industry. The use of red-light cameras has been declining for a couple of years now in no small part due to corrupt actions by one […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/iihs-shills-for-camera-industry-nma-e-newsletter-347/

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 #295: Cutting through the Emotional Rhetoric

Editor’s Note: The ticket camera companies are masters at exploiting the public’s emotional responses to traffic accidents and fatalities. Nothing like conjuring up a little fear and outrage to sell a few “safety” cameras, especially when the potential victims are school children. Nowhere is this cynicism more apparent than with school bus “stop arm” cameras […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-295-cutting-through-the-emotional-rhetoric/

NMA E-Newsletter #293: An Overview of Open Container Laws

With Labor Day just around the corner, many of us will hit the road for one last road trip before summer turns to fall. One often overlooked and misunderstood hazard of this endeavor concerns so-called open container laws. This becomes even more of an issue when it comes to motor homes. The issue of open […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-293-an-overview-of-open-container-laws/

NMA E-Newsletter #291: How Much Does Your State Divert Federal Highway Funding To Transit Projects?

This week we wrap up our examination of the three equal-weighted metrics that comprise the State Fiscal Responsibility scoring in the recent NMA report, “Motorists Beware: Ranking the States That Treat You Worst.” Part 1 (Legislative Interference with Transportation Planning, #289) rated the influence of lawmakers in determining the planning and spending of funds on […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-291-how-much-does-your-state-divert-federal-highway-funding-to-transit-projects/

NMA E-Newsletter #284: A Needed Change in our Driving Culture

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 […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-284-a-needed-change-in-our-driving-culture/

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 #251: Usefulness Takes a Backseat to Technology and the Law

Did you rush out and buy the latest and greatest iPhone, the 5S model, as soon as it became available last month?  If so, this newsletter is for you.  Actually, since smartphone technology typically follows in Apple’s footsteps, everyone who uses the mobile communication devices will eventually need to pay heed.  Here’s a hint:  Many […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-251-usefulness-takes-a-backseat-to-technology-and-the-law/

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 #244: A Driving Tour of Washington, DC, NMA Style

(Editor’s Note: Washington, DC has a reputation for being extremely hostile to drivers. Longtime NMA New York Activist Casey Raskob recently took a driving trip to the Washington, DC area and confirmed it with this report.) (Photo courtesy of DC photographer Marty Katz http://washingtonphotographer.com) I’ve driven lots of places, but this last weekend was crazy. I […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-244-a-driving-tour-of-washington-dc-nma-style/

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 #235: These Really Were the Good Old Days

Thanks to longtime Illinois member Bob Johnson for sending this to us. We think you’ll enjoy it as well. 1956 Ford Thunderbird 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible 1960 Plymouth Fury 1959 Chevrolet Impala 2Dr hardtop 1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria 1958 Cadillac Series 62 Sedan 1960 Lincoln Continental Mark V Four Door Landau 1957 Buick Roadmaster […]

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-235-these-really-were-the-good-old-days/

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 #216: Update on ‘Move Over’ Laws

Florida police agencies recently stepped up enforcement of the state’s “Move Over” law by setting up sting operations on roadways throughout the Sunshine State, including in a state park where nearly two dozen unsuspecting motorists were ensnared….

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-216-update-on-move-over-laws-91204/

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 #195: 2012 Third Quarter Legislative Update

The NMA continues to advocate for motorists’ rights at the national, state and local level. The reduced amount of legislative/lobbying activity this quarter reflects the fact that the majority of states wrap up their legislative sessions by June. …

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-195-2012-third-quarter-legis/

NMA E-Newsletter #178: Another TPMS Dilemma

It’s no secret that drivers are keeping their cars longer these days. Thanks to improvements in automobile materials, design and construction, motorists can comfortably push their odometers past the 200,000 mile mark in many instances.But even tho…

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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 …

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NMA E-Newsletter #167: Members Weigh In on Pay as You Drive Auto Insurance

NMA members are never shy about sharing their opinions. Our recent E-newsletter on Pay as You Drive (PAYD) auto insurance (#165: The Trade-Offs of “Pay as You Drive” Auto Insurance), spurred many to respond with their own thoughtful and provocativ…

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-167-members-weigh-in-on-pay/

NMA E-Newsletter #164: Are Toll Roads the Future of the Interstate Highway System?

Historically, states have been prevented from slapping tolls on existing roads. But thanks to a federal pilot program designed to fund interstate improvements through toll revenues, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has approved plans for …

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-164-are-toll-roads-the-futur/

NMA E-Newsletter #160: Variability and Uncertainty as Deterrence

Many members call us to ask how they can fight their camera tickets and what to expect in court when they do. The short, but honest, answer is it depends. Some of the reasons for this include: Photo enforcement statutes vary from state to state Co…

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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 #155: The Numbers Tell The Story… Again

By John Bowman, NMA Communications Director In last week’s E-newsletter (#154, Will We Never Learn?), we dug into the numbers behind the NTSB’s proposed ban on the use of all portable electronic devices while driving. Let’s try the same approach w…

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-e-newsletter-155-the-numbers-tell-the-sto/

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 #63

Speeds Are Up, Highway Fatality Rates Are Down The trend continues. Year after year, the number of U.S. highway deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled declines. There are several reasons for this, of course, including improvements in roadwa…

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-email-newsletter-issue-63/

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…

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NMA Email Newsletter: Issue #37

You Can Participate In Next Week’s Distracted Driving Summit On Wednesday September 30th and Thursday October 1, over 200 safety experts, researchers, elected officials and members of the public will gather in Washington D.C. to discuss the ramifi…

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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…

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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 #17

Turn Signals, Ticket Cameras, and Breathalyzers Just a few positive bits of news from around the country: The West Virginia Supreme Court dismissed a DUI conviction where the original reason for the stop was failure to use a turn signal. The court…

https://www.motorists.org/alerts/nma-email-newsletter-issue-17/