Criminal Traffic Court is the Best Option: NMA E-Newsletter #450

Whose side are we on anyway? The NMA objects when cities lower the traffic court bar, downgrading routine moving violations from criminal to civil offenses while also issuing lesser fines and eliminating points against defendant driving records. Again, why would we do that? To answer those questions, look no further than the example of jurisprudence […]

Civil Asset Forfeiture takes a Turn: NMA E-Newsletter #449

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul recently wrote an editorial on civil asset forfeiture (CAF) and his opening paragraph says it all. “Innocent until proven guilty” is the bedrock of America jurisprudence. Civil asset forfeiture, a legal process in which government confiscates your property without a guilty verdict, turns that justice on its head. In mid-July, U.S. […]

The Whisper War: NMA E-Newsletter #448

By James J. Baxter, NMA President Emeritus Editor’s Note: We’re going to play a little game: Can you guess when Jim wrote this newsletter with its references to government entities increasing ticket penalties, the ramping up of enforcement campaigns, and pronouncements of motorized traffic being responsible for all that is wrong in the world? It […]

NTSB Wants to Turn Our Highways into a For-Profit Police State: NMA E-Newsletter #447

by Gary Biller, NMA President Why does the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) want to change its goal of providing legitimate highway safety research into an advocacy of ever-present, for-profit enforcement aimed primarily at safe drivers who are endangering no one? In a sweeping set of recommendations from its July 25, 2017 public meeting, the […]

Just How many Motorists are stopped and ticketed in America?: NMA E-Newsletter #446

From guest writer Joe Cadillic who writes the MassPrivatel Blog According to The Stanford Open Policing Project which looked at over 100 million police traffic stops in the United States,  “Police pull over more than 50,000 drivers on a typical day, more than 20 million motorists every year.” Does that mean 50,000 people are breaking […]