Driving News Roundup: August 26, 2011

This is a weekly feature on the NMA Blog, running each Friday, where we highlight seven of the most interesting driving news stories of the week.

New York: Mayor Bloomberg pushes for traffic light cameras “on every corner”
New York City Mayor Bloomberg wants to blanket the city with red-light cameras – and maybe even publish the names of scofflaws who blow through intersections.

Florida: Class action suit says FHP illegally tickets motorists who warn others about speed traps
When the Florida Highway Patrol pulls someone over on the highway, it’s usually because they were speeding. But Eric Campbell was pulled over and ticketed while he was driving the speed limit.

Texas: Houston red-light cameras — all over but the litigation
The Houston City Council dealt red-light cameras a double death blow Wednesday, first ordering their immediate shutdown and then outlawing the use of cameras to catch red-light runners.

Americans driving less, log fewest miles since 2004
According to The Detroit News, the Federal Highway Administration claims that Americans drove 1.453 trillion miles in the first half of 2011. That’s down 1.1 percent compared to the first six months of 2010, or an eye-popping 15.5 billion fewer miles compared to the first half of last year.

California: Bill allowing lower speed limits inches forward
State Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Silver Lake) bill allowing cities to lower speed limits is expected to get its third reading soon in the Senate, after which the measure will go up for a vote. The bill passed unanimously in the Assembly.

Tennessee: Traffic ticket mix-up could lead woman to lose her job
A mix-up with a traffic violation could cause a Nashville mother to lose her job. What she thought was a simple traffic ticket back in March has turned into a nightmare.

Ohio: State to hire advisers to develop turnpike lease or sale
Ohio officials are pushing ahead with plans to lease or sell the state turnpike to investors. The state’s Department of Transportation and Office of Budget and Management are in the process of hiring advisers to maximize the dollar value of the 241-mile toll road.

Bonus stories:

British Columbia – Man’s car impounded and crushed by mistake
A British Columbia man paid a very big price for drinking and driving, after his vehicle was not only impounded but literally pounded as well.

Illinois: Tollway authority whacks drivers with painful toll price increase
On Thursday, the Illinois Tollway Board of Directors approved the $12 billion, 15 year capital plan which not only makes infrastructure improvements to the tollway system, but nearly doubles the cost of toll prices for most drivers.

Washington: Attorney to investigate relationship between Lynnwood PD and red-light camera company
Lynnwood Mayor Don Gough told KOMO Newsradio reporter Ian Sterling today that attorney Patricia Eakes will head up the investigation. She most recently conducted an investigation into the scandal involving $1.8 million in questionable spending by the Seattle School District.

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