In this week’s Driving News Roundup:
–Traffic Ticket Quotas in FL—
–Driver’s License Info for sale—
–Fixing of Bridges has increased—
–GM Recalls 700,000 trucks–
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NMA Driving News Stories of the Week
A speeding ticket quota at Florida Highway Patrol? You decide
A top official of the Florida Highway Patrol has told the troopers under his command that they are not writing enough speeding tickets. Maj. Mark Welch of Troop H, based in Tallahassee, said in an email (below): “The patrol wants to see two citations each hour … This is not a quota; it is what we are asking you to do to support this important initiative.” The initiative is SOAR, or the Statewide Overtime Action Response program, paid for by taxpayers. State troopers, who are among the lowest-paid in the country, can make extra money working the roads, and part of their job is to deter speeders.
Indiana plaintiffs to appeal loss in bid to restrict use of license info
Lawyers and the public may continue to buy crash report information online after an Indiana judge ruled against plaintiffs who argued information gathered from their driver’s licenses was protected from disclosure by federal law. But that won’t be the last word on the matter.
Opinion and Commentary from around the Web
- A traffic ticket shouldn’t ruin your life
- Can it be a crime to ‘intimidate’ police officers by threatening to complain about them?
- Another left-lane slowpoke law is enacted — so, problem solved, right?
- Los Angeles Opinion: We want safe streets, not ‘road diets’ — and we are not ‘selfish’
News Stories from around the Web
National News Watch
- ARTBA: Structurally deficient bridge numbers drop, spending up in last 10 years
- Trump rule change ignites safety debate
- Public Works Funding Falls as Infrastructure Deteriorates
- More than half of all U.S. states have raised fuel taxes for highway funding
- Global Fossil Fuel Subsidies Still Total More Than $5 Trillion Annually
- Federal Appeals Court Rejects Glove Box Search
Auto Recall and Auto Safety News
- Ford may now know how carbon monoxide gets into Explorer Police Interceptors
- GM recalling about 700,000 Chevy and GMC trucks for steering defect
- For Some GM Drivers, The Heat is On: Faulty A/C Problems Raise Questions—and Temperatures
- Federal regulators investigating Range Rover doors
- Takata seeks to suspend air bag victims’ lawsuits against carmakers
- Nissan reaches class action settlement in Takata airbag case
- U.S. asks judge to dismiss Toyota acceleration case as monitoring ends
Automatic Traffic Enforcement and Surveillance
- This Shadowy Company Is Flying Spy Planes Over US Cities
- DC Cops Pad Salary With Photo Radar Cash
- Ticketing begins for Capital Beltway work zone speed cameras
- Maryland: Longer Yellow Times Slashed Red-Light Violations
- New York: Nassau, Suffolk finding red-light camera revenues down or flat
- North Carolina lawmakers unaware of red-light camera late fees
- Texas Court dismisses red-light camera lawsuit
Driver’s License Watch and Driver’s Education News
- Floridians who can’t pay their traffic tickets could face jail time
- Michigan: Helping parents get ‘Back on Track’
- Texas: New Required Course For Young Drivers Targets Distracted Driving
Driving in America
- Will New Orleans flooding make car insurance rates go up?
- Massachusetts: With Pot Legal, State Vows Crackdown On Impaired Drivers
- St. Joseph, Missouri: Yellow lights leave some questioning what to do
- North Dakota child seat belt law extended to age 8
- Arlington, TX police checkpoint shows how times have changed
- Vermont Governor Scott Looking At Stronger Seat Belt Law After Numerous Traffic Fatalities
- Maximize Your Odds of Seeing the Great American Solar Eclipse
- Smarter Driving: ‘Turn on red’ do’s, don’ts
- Safe drivers look beyond the hoods of their cars
- What Car Can the Average Salary Afford in Each State?
- San Francisco supervisor pushes to untangle freeway Hairball
- Idaho: Nampa Highway District moves forward with plans for four new roundabouts to be constructed by 2020
- Springfield, IL: Conversion of one-way streets has its pros, cons
- Spearfish, SD: Redirecting bicycle traffic from Jackson Boulevard redesign
- Dallas council votes to kill Trinity River toll road
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.