NMA Driving News Roundup of the Week for October 13, 2017

In this week’s Driving News Roundup:

–11M Driver’s License Compromised in Equifax Breech—
–Redflex loses in Texas Appeals Court—
–Pre-conviction Restrictions deemed Unconstitutional in WA State—
–Traffic Fatalities are up for 2016—
–Kobe Steel Falsified Product Documents–

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NMA Driving News Stories of the Week

11 million U.S. driver’s licenses compromised in Equifax cyber breach
The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday reported that 10.9 million Americans’ driver’s license numbers were compromised in the massive Equifax cyberattack disclosed last month. Overall, around 145.5 million people had their information compromised, including Social Security numbers, birth dates and addresses. The Journal reported (subscription required) that the driver’s licenses had been requested from customers to verify their identities when they went onto an Equifax web page to dispute their credit-report information — a page that later became one of the entry points hackers used to access the agency’s files. And of course a driver’s license is commonly used for confirming a person’s identity — or for stealing it.

Texas Appeals Court Slaps down Redflex in Class Action Suit Red-light camera
A Louisiana motorist who received a $75 red-light camera ticket in the mail from a Texas town while he was 200 miles away will now be allowed to proceed with a $130 million class action lawsuit. James H. Watson is charging Redflex Traffic Systems, Southlake’s red-light camera vendor, with fraud. The Texas Court of Appeals on Thursday smacked down the attempt of the Australian firm to dismiss the suit on free speech grounds. Redflex lawyers cited a law designed to prevent powerful companies from using the threat of a lawsuit to chill public debate in asking a judge to throw out the case. The anti-SLAPP law seeks to prevent “strategic lawsuits against public participation” by giving citizens a chance to have such lawsuits dismissed at an early stage, avoiding extremely expensive legal bills.

Divided Washington State Supreme Court says Spokane judge’s pre-conviction restrictions are unconstitutional
How much can a judge infringe on the rights of a person accused, but not yet convicted, of a crime? According to a divided Washington State Supreme Court, that line is drawn in urine. The state’s high court examined three 2015 DUI cases from Spokane County, and in a 5-4 decision, ruled that judges can restrict people from consuming drugs and alcohol, but cannot require “suspicionless urinalysis testing” to ensure compliance.

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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 nma@motorists.org. Every other Sunday, catch the Car of the Future Roundup blog post.

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