In this week’s Driving News Roundup:
–OOIDA & NMA suit for $6B in toll refunds would cause catastrophe says PA Turnpike—
–Feds bust NJ cops for ripping off motorists—
–Since 2007, DEA has taken $3.2B from innocent folks using CAF–
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NMA Driving News Story of the Week
OOIDA and NMA demand for $6B in toll refunds would cause fiscal catastrophe, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission says
Financial devastation could result if a federal judge blocks the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission from transferring $112.5 million to PennDOT by April 30, commission officials are contending. They made that assertion in asking U.S. Middle District Judge Yvette Kane to dismiss a request by two trucking groups that are seeking $6 billion in refunds for toll revenue they insist the commission is misusing. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and National Motorists Association claim in a lawsuit that a deal requiring the commission to transfer $450 million annually to PennDOT for off-turnpike road projects is artificially inflating turnpike tolls and violating their constitutional rights.
Feds Bust New Jersey Cops For Ripping Off Motorists
A pair of cops from Paterson, New Jersey face federal corruption charges for stealing from motorists during traffic stops. Officers Jonathan K. Bustios, 28, and Eudy Ramos, 31, were led away in handcuffs Wednesday by agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The conspiracy to violate civil rights charges stem from the February 20, 2018, traffic stop of a BMW sedan being driven by a black man on Bergen Street. Officer Ramos parked his squad car in front of the Bimmer and Officer Bustios parked behind so that the vehicle and its two occupants could be thoroughly searched. Officer Bustios found a white plastic bag that contained cash and a revolver. Bustios handed some of the cash to Officer Ramos and later that day reported they had found the firearm based on a tip from a concerned citizen. No report was made about the traffic stop, and the cash was never turned in.
US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Has Taken $3.2 Billion from People Never Charged with a Crime under Civil Asset Forfeiture
A new report published by the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General suggests that the Drug Enforcement Administration has seized billions of dollars in cash from people who it has not charged with crimes. The report, released in late March, said that since 2007, the DEA has taken over $4 billion in cash from those suspected of involvement with the drug trade. However, 81 percent of those seizures were conducted administratively and did not lead to any civil or criminal charges, according to The Washington Post. In total, that meant $3.2 billion was seized from people who were not charged.
Opinion and Commentary from around the Web
- The Way We Talk about Self-Driving Cars Is Going To Get People Killed
- Old Man Lutz Gives Dealerships 20 Years to Live, Doubles Down on Driving Dystopia
- Big Plans for Infrastructure Fade to Business as Usual
- Midlands’s states right to give thumbs down to toll roads
- The never-ending Self-Driving Car Project
- Can auto subscriptions be the next big thing?
- Are you paying for your neighbor’s Tesla?
- The steadily disappearing American car
News Stories from around the Web
National News Watch
- Font designed for easier readability on roadway signs is reinstated, two years after FHWA prohibited it
- IEEE, ACM to Collaborate on Autonomous Vehicle Standards
- California: Emissions deal with EPA could be doable
- Study: Driving habits tied not to pump prices but to percentage change
- What’s the most expensive cost U.S. drivers faced last year?
Auto Recall News
- Study estimates there are more than 57M vehicles on US roads with unfixed recall
- Feds investigate Zipcar for renting vehicles with open recalls
- Daimler and Navistar Recall Over 7600 Trucks for Defects That Can Cause Fire
Automatic Traffic Enforcement and Surveillance
- It’s Decision Time for Traffic Cameras in Iowa
- New Orleans resident keeps getting speeding tickets for his parked car
- Baltimore bought speed cameras for $2.2 million. Then it sold them back for $32000.
- 3 more New Speed Traffic Cams go live in Dayton, OH
- Could this lead to the end of red-light cameras in Texas?
Driver’s License Watch
- Arizona Transportation Officials Urge Travelers to Buy New ID
- Minnesota Real ID deadline is months away, but now may be the time to get ready
- License suspensions a ‘Catch-22’ some Minnesota lawmakers aim to fix
- Tennessee: Judge Questions License Suspension Legality
Driving in America
- More Poorer Residents Are Driving Cars, Presenting New Issues for Transit Agencies
- Denver Public Works Will Re-Time Downtown Signals to Prioritize Pedestrians
- Georgia officer fired after not writing a ticket
- Bill increasing penalties for texting while driving clears Illinois House committee
- In picturesque Maine town, traffic is a double-edged sword
- Nebraska bill to raise speed limits among those passed on final reading
- The number of New Jersey speeding tickets issued in each county last year, ranked
- A roadside strip search in N.J. draws protest and legal action. How far can an officer go?
- New Yorkers repeatedly ticketed — even though they don’t have a car
- What you need to know about Ohio’s new red light law
- Oregon tolling work group discusses low-income exemptions other issues for I-5, I-205 proposals
- Dodging tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike? You could be charged with a felony
- Civil asset forfeiture reform bill passes Tennessee Senate
- Texas Court: Slow Lane Change Signal Does Not Justify Auto Search
- Utah law enforcement responds to signing of bill banning police quotas
- Driving too slow on Virginia highways can cost you $100
- Tolls to possibly double on the West Virginia Turnpike
- $87.3M project to widen I-630 in Little Rock, Arkansas set to begin
- California’s SB 1 Gas Tax Funds Allow Caltrans to Add Many Overdue Road Improvements
- Kentucky’s $2.4B infrastructure plan awaits governor’s signature
- Montgomery County Approves Bonds for Texas Toll Road Project but Not Without Controversy
- Texas: Downtown Austin Alliance and Chamber urging people to ask lawmakers for toll lanes
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