In this week’s Driving News Roundup:
- –Folks nervous over timing of Trump’s infrastructure plan—
- –SCOTUS hears arguments on cell phone privacy –
- –Smog Checks Pointless for modern cars—
- –Schumer against any Federal Gas Tax Increase—
- –Albany, NY big time RLC revenue fail–
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NMA Driving News Story of the Week
Uncertainty mounts over timing of Trump’s infrastructure plan
An infrastructure package, which was once billed as a priority for Trump’s first 100 days in office, has taken a back seat to other GOP initiatives this year. Trump said he would submit a rebuilding proposal to Congress after taxes, but that could be complicated if the White House prods Republicans to try to repeal and replace ObamaCare again. Trump also recently vowed to push for welfare reform after taxes, throwing yet another knotty issue onto lawmakers’ plates.
At stake at US Supreme Court: privacy in the digital age
A robbery prosecution raises the question of whether, in the era of smartphones and the internet, constitutional protections against warrantless searches need updating.
Report Finds Smog Checks Pointless With Modern Cars
Modern engine technology has made regular emissions testing an exercise of dubious value. That was the finding of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) in a report released last month. Researchers compared air quality data from California with the results of inspection station records to conclude that the government-mandated inspection program has had no effect on pollution levels. Federal law says jurisdictions with air quality problems must adopt mitigation measures, which can include mandatory vehicle emissions inspection and repair programs.
Opinion and Commentary from around the Web
- Nervous About Traffic Stops? I Am. You Should Be, Too
- I took advanced driving lessons and here’s why you should, too
- If California’s gas tax is repealed, what would happen?
- Explaining TxDOT’s sudden retreat on toll roads
- Are auto inspections worth it?
- Why Can’t America Have a Single Tolling System? Because Bureaucracy
- Facial Recognition Software Should be Strictly Monitored
- Will Uber’s Data Breach Cover-up be the Final Straw for Its Most Loyal Users?
News Stories from around the Web
National News Watch
- Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer opposes gas tax hike
- Leave a buffer for your bumper: Study contradicts practice of traffic light tailgating
- Americans View Texting While Driving as More Dangerous Than Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana
- 90 Percent of Senior Drivers Don’t Make Vehicle Adjustments That Can Improve Safety
- Study Estimates That Pokémon GO Has Caused More Than 100,000 Traffic Accidents
Auto Recall and Auto Safety News
- Is your vehicle under a safety recall?
- Petition Started To Recall Chrysler Pacifica Minivans Over Stalling Issue
- 2010 Ford Fusion Power Steering Assist Faults Investigated
- Honda recalls 800,000 Odyssey minivans, issues stop-sale
- 2017 Honda Civic: Recall Alert
- FCA Recalls 2018 Jeep Compass SUVs to Fix Airbags
- NHTSA confirms unusually high fire claims for Smart Fortwo
- Driver Accuses Carmaker VW of Failing to Warn of Defect
- Tennessee: Beware the driver’s license renewal scam
- Gregg County, Texas Sheriff’s Office warns of two telephone scams involving your driver’s license
Automatic Traffic Enforcement and Surveillance
- Salinas, CA: Implementing red-light cameras requires further study
- The count: how much New Orleans owes to some drivers who got red-light camera tickets –$28 Million
- Albany, NY Red-Light Camera Revenue Fail
- Dayton, Ohio’s new traffic weapon: A speed gun that can cite you with no stop
Driver’s License Watch
- 43 States Suspend Licenses for Unpaid Court Debt, But That Could Change
- The Vicious Cycle of Losing a Driver’s License Over Court Debt
- Getting driver’s license puts Arizonans into ‘perpetual criminal lineup’
- Alameda County, CA Superior Court Reverses License Suspensions for Nearly 54,000 Drivers Who could not pay a traffic ticket
- After Troubled Rollout of Vehicle License System, Minnesota Hires Outside Developer
- Feds Grant Missouri Extension to Comply With REAL ID Law
- Federal Court Upholds Oklahoma ‘Sex Offender’ Label On Driver’s License Law
- More than 700 Oregonians choose third gender for ID
- Proposed Legislation in PA Could End License Suspensions for Non-Driving-Related Crimes
Driving in America
- Signage continues thermal wrong-way detection installation in Arizona
- Latest Urbana, Illinois traffic-stop data reveals rise in racial disparity
- Traffic up nearly 40 percent in past 10 years in Northwest Indiana
- Fake inspection stickers a real headache for Maine
- Michigan residents protest roadside drug-testing program
- Why one-way streets are hurting downtown Kalamazoo, MI
- Fighting drug trafficking in Montana: Patrolling the I-90 corridor
- Proposal would raise tolls on New Hampshire roads 50 percent
- Chadron, Nebraska: Reduced speed limits possible near junction
- New York’s Tilt Toward Congestion Pricing Was Years in the Making
- State to target high-crash Ohio roads with 70 mph limits
- Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rejects Idea That Looking At GPS Is Suspicious
- Wyoming proposed bill would update and simplify speeding laws, change fines
- Did you know: Laws of physics magnified in winter driving
- Picking out a Christmas Tree Is Fun; Getting It Home Can Be Dangerous
- How Does Traction Control Work?
- The GOP Tax Bills Are Infrastructure Bills Too. Here’s Why.
- For Trump, GOP tax bill could have big downside
- Trump’s missing infrastructure plan
- Arkansas agency picks 10-lane plan for I-30 through downtown Little Rock, North Little Rock
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