NMA Driving News Weekly Roundup for April 13, 2018

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.

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