NMA Driving News Weekly Roundup for August 17, 2018

In this week’s Driving News Roundup:

  • EPA Staff disputed Trump Administration claim that freezing CAFÉ Standards would save lives
  • Texas Governor tweeted that Red-Light Cameras should go
  • Iowa Supremes look at whether Speed Cam Tickets violate due process
  • US Lawyers Org wants courts to stop treating people like ATMs
  • California Police granted immunity from pursuit liability

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NMA Driving News Story of the Week

EPA staff disputed claim that freezing fuel economy would save lives
By their calculations, plan would cost more in lives, money, lost jobs.

Sick of red-light cameras? So is Texas Governor Greg Abbott
Opponents of red-light cameras say they will push for a statewide ban during the legislative session that begins in January. The main arguments are that the cameras are unconstitutional because they accuse a motorist of a violation without a human witness, and that they are little more than money-making machines for cities.

Iowa Supreme Court Returns To Speed Camera Question
Iowa’s highest court has handed down rulings favorable to speed cameras on multiple occasions. In May, the high court torpedoed state Department of Transportation regulations designed to cut down on unfair freeway speed traps. In 2008, justices gave cities the green light to install cameras without legislative authorization, and it used that ruling to shoot down a 2015 due process challenge. Last week, the Iowa Supreme Court returned to the due process issue in considering a class action challenge to the wording of the tickets mailed to vehicle owners.

US’s Largest Organization of Lawyers Agrees That Courts Must Stop Treating People like ATMs
Last week, the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates voted unanimously to adopt 10 guidelines on ending debtors’ prisons and related practices that criminalize poor people, marking the 400,000-member organization’s most expansive policy position on a criminal justice issue taken in the past 15 years. This move signals growing bipartisan agreement that no court should lock people up or take away their driver’s licenses or voting rights simply because they do not have money — and that the integrity of our country’s legal system and law enforcement depends on this.

Opinion and Commentary from around the Web

News Stories from around the Web

National News Watch

Automatic Traffic Enforcement and Surveillance

Court Cases of Interest plus Police Reform/Corruption

Driver’s License Watch

Driving in America

Driving Tips

Infrastructure Watch

Tolls in America

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 Wednesday catch the Car of the Future Roundup blog post.

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