In this week’s Driving News Roundup:
–Motorists win in Vista Del Mar–
–Autoimmune car hack discovered–
–Jacksonville, FL Sheriff scuttles RLCs–
–FL HP Ticket Quota Saga continues–
–Solar Eclipse is here—be careful out there–
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NMA Driving News Story of the Week
Road Diet Opposition Won’t Relent in Los Angeles’ Vista Del Mar area
A week after a group of residents made good on their threat to sue the city over traffic lane reductions in Playa del Rey, the Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa officially called for restoring Culver and Jefferson boulevards to their former traffic patterns. On Tuesday the neighborhood council voted 15-2 to ask L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin in writing that the lanes be restored — the rebuke coming despite Bonin’s intention to form a task force of residents, business owners and other stakeholders to hold public hearings on the lane closures. The letter’s final draft excluded changes to Pershing Drive after several residents spoke in support of traffic-calming measures on that street, citing safety improvements and less congestion than when the lane reductions fist took effect in May.
A Deep Flaw in Cars’ Guts Lets Hackers Shut Down Safety Features
Since two security researchers showed they could hijack a moving Jeep on a highway three years ago, both automakers and the cybersecurity industry have accepted that connected cars are as vulnerable to hacking as anything else linked to the internet. But one new car-hacking trick illustrates that while awareness helps, protection can be extremely complex. They’ve uncovered a vulnerability in vehicular internal networks that’s not only near-universal, but also can be exploited while bypassing the auto industry’s first attempts at anti-hacking mechanisms.
Here’s how to avoid wrecking your car during the eclipse
All of which is to say: don’t stare at the eclipse while driving. Honestly, don’t look at the eclipse at all without the proper eyewear, but especially not while driving. It sounds obvious, but it bears repeating: don’t look at the eclipse while driving.
Opinion and Commentary from around the Web
- Highway Speeding Cameras Turn Drivers Into Mindless Robots
- Texas bridges doing well, even without a gas tax increase
- What if the EPA dialed back emissions rules, but only on trucks?
- What’s crumbling faster: US infrastructure or political will to act?
News Stories from around the Web
National News Watch
- Trump compares US infrastructure to ‘third-world country’
- Congress to Consider Tolling to Raise Money for Infrastructure
- US DOT: No School Bus Passing Fatalities In 2015
- Auto Safety Advocates Sue Feds, Asserting Failure To Follow Congressional Safety Requirement
- Overdoses on the road: Drugged driving rises as a menace
- Ford CEO Hackett says car ownership isn’t going extinct
- Republicans in 6 states are trying to protect drivers who hit protesters
Auto Recall and Auto Safety News
- Unexpected airbag deployment reported in some old BMWs
- Daimler to Fix 43,000 Sprinter Vans in Latest Takata Airbag Recall
- Judge Pares Down Class Action Over Ford Emissions Defect
- Nissan Recalls 44,000 Titan and Titan XD Pickup Trucks
- The Inadequate Tire Pressure Sticker
Automatic Traffic Enforcement and Surveillance
- FBI Warns Red-Light Camera Scam Targetting Teens
- Civil Rights Groups Press Virginia Supremes On Plate Readers
- Fremont, CA: City adjusts yellow light times after ticketing snafu
- Jacksonville, FL Sheriff Mike Williams scuttles red-light camera program, doesn’t believe it reduces crashes
- Baltimore, MD: Nearly 900 drivers sent two speeding tickets for one violation
- Local drivers look to take red-light camera fight to the Ohio Supreme Court
- Austin, TX drivers cited $3.6 million for illegally passing school buses
- San Antonio Area: Red-light cameras bringing in millions for local metro city
- Plaintiffs appeal dismissal of red-light camera lawsuit against Sugar Land, TX
Driving in America
- Arizona DOT adding smart technology to curb dust storm crashes
- Boulder, CO to fund anti-speeding projects in neighborhoods for the first time since 2003
- Maimi, FL: Company that immobilizes parked cars with metal ‘boots’ under investigation
- With ticket quota issue still roiling, Florida state highway boss seeks 10% raise for FHP
- Maine aims to use $21 million VW settlement to improve air quality
- Asset forfeiture foes in Michigan criticize new Justice Department directive
- We analyzed 224,915 Minnesota speeding tickets. See what we learned
- An Ohio officer beat a black man during a traffic stop. A town wants to know why
- Texas Officials fighting wrong-way crashes with research into real-time alerts
- With thousands living in cars, what’s the city of Seattle’s next move?
- Leaving town at rush hour? Here’s how far you’re likely to get from America’s largest cities.
- This Is How Much Money Your Turn Signals Cost to Use
- How To Quickly Decode Your Car’s VIN Number
- Trump says he may not work with Democrats on infrastructure
- Greensboro, NC: Is there a Megasite Highway in the region’s future?
- Virginia lawmakers oppose plan to sandwich I-66 trail between a sound wall and traffic
- Deteriorating state of Wisconsin bridges adds to transportation budget woes
The NMA Driving News Roundup is a regular feature on the NMA Blog, where we highlight some of the most interesting driving news stories of the week. If you have a story for Driving News, send the url via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Every other Sunday, catch the Car of the Future Roundup blog post.