NMA Driving News Weekly Roundup for August 31, 2018

In this week’s Driving News Roundup:

  • Texas RLCs likely to hit opposition in next Leg Session
  • When Cities Rely on Fines and Fees, Everyone Loses
  • Fed Judge Upholds Right to Flip off Cops
  • After 60 Years of Construction, I-95 is Completed

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NMA Driving News Stories of the Week

Texas red-light cameras likely to hit opposition next legislative session
While some Texas cities have said no to turning them off, Texas’ top elected official recently signaled that he that he might take a turn toward at banning red-light cameras. “More and more I think it’s time to do away with red-light cameras in Texas,” Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted earlier this month. Abbott referred to a study by experts at the University of Arizona and Case Western Reserve University, who scrutinized 12 years’ worth of police-recorded traffic accidents in hundreds of cities across the U.S., including major Texas municipalities.

When Cities Rely on Fines and Fees, Everybody Loses
Raising taxes is painful. That may be why, since 2010, 47 states and a number of cities have instead raised both civil and criminal fines and fees. These increases are often viewed as a conflict-free way to plug budget holes. They’re a tempting alternative to raising taxes, but their long-term costs far outweigh the revenue they bring in.

Federal Judge Upholds Right to Flip Off Virginia Cops
A federal judge told a Virginia sheriff’s deputy that he had no right to pull over a car because a passenger flipped him off. On Friday, proceedings advanced in the lawsuit against Patrick County Lieutenant Rob Coleman. US District Judge Jackson L. Kiser had found sufficient evidence to bring the matter to trial. Brian H. Clark, the irreverent passenger, has a history of annoying authority. In 2016, Judge Martin F. Clark Jr (no relation) banned Brian Clark from entering the county courthouse clerk’s office without a lawyer. The judge complained that Clark annoyed his staff with “numerous emails, letters and filings,” and the state Supreme Court upheld the order.

Construction on Most-Used Highway in the U.S. Almost Complete After Six Decades
Passed in 1956, the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act established a 40,000-mile interstate highway system in the United States and allocated $25 billion to construct it. Now, more than 60 years later, the last piece of infrastructure financed by that act – the most-traveled highway in America – is about to be complete. And what was holding up the completion of I-95 for all of this time? Lawmakers and land-owners in Mercer County, New Jersey. Thanks to their opposition, drivers have always been forced off the interstate in New Jersey near the Pennsylvania border and onto other roadways for a stretch that spans eight miles. Following more than two decades of work, that situation will be rectified on September 24 when the gap in I-95 is filled by newly completed infrastructure including toll plazas, intersections, and six overhead bridges.

Opinion and Commentary from around the Web

News Stories from around the Web 

National News Watch

Auto Recall and Auto Safety News

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

Vision Zero Watch

 

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