In this week’s Driving News Roundup:
–First city in Florida to turn on RLCs thinking about turning them off—
–Hackers could cause chaos to America’s roadways—
–Fed Court rules against Trump’s delay of car efficiency fines—
–a Bunch of Auto Recalls this week—
–First child safety seat with airbags goes on the market–
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NMA Driving News Story of the Week
Apopka, Florida may turn off red-light cameras
The first city in Central Florida to turn on red-light cameras in 2007 may be turning them off. The intersection of Park Avenue and Main Street in Apopka is one of the longest standing red-light camera locations in Central Florida. It’s been in position for about a decade. Apopka’s new Mayor said he’s getting rid of the cameras. Supporters of red-light camera traffic enforcement claim they make drivers slow down and reduce red light running. While studies show T-Bone crashes drop at these intersections, rear-end collisions have increased. Most drivers WESH 2 News spoke with said the cameras make them feel unsafe. “People are, when it’s a yellow light, everyone is slamming on their brakes and the next thing you know they’re crashing into each other,” Louis Correa said. “It’s about the money. So it’s time to get rid of them,” Bryan Nelson said.
How Hackers Could Cause Chaos on America’s Roads and Railways
A recent cyberbreach of Colorado’s transportation department didn’t affect traffic signals, cameras or electronic message boards. The next state might not be so lucky.
Court rules against Trump admin’s delay of car efficiency fines
A federal appeals court ruled Monday that the Trump administration cannot delay a regulation that increased automakers’ fines for cars that violate fuel efficiency standards. In a brief order that did not explain its reasoning, the New York City-based 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a July action by the Department of Transportation (DOT) that indefinitely delayed the increased penalties under the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) program. The three-judge panel of the court said it would issue a fully explained opinion “in due course.”
Opinion and Commentary from around the Web
- Wait, Who Even Asked for Self-Driving Cars in the First Place?
- Pretextual Stops and the General Warrant: Stopping the March of the Whren Doctrine
- Driver’s License Suspension Reform: The Right Road for Michigan
- Taxing Uber and Lyft to Fund Transit Isn’t Fair to NYC Transit
- Changing how we get around metro Chicago — and how we pay for it
- New Jersey Editorial: Blood Draw Should Require a Warrant
- Are Government Officials Souring On Automotive Autonomy?
- Colorado Editorial: Lawsuits comparing fossil fuel companies to the tobacco industry dangerously miss the mark
- Editorial: Is Driving Now the Distraction?
- Why are cars so much harder to repair these days?
News Stories from around the Web
National News Watch
- Electric cars are eerily quiet — and US regulators are worried this could make them dangerous
- How American Super Commuters’ (90 minutes each way) Commutes Are Mapped
- These 10 agencies collected billions in tolls from drivers last year
- Cities Struggle to Contain Curbside Congestion
Auto Recall and Auto Safety News
- Ten years later, thousands of risky air bags are still on the road
- The world’s first child seat with airbags
- Audi recalls 1.2 million vehicles; coolant pumps can overheat
- BMW X5 xDrive35d Idler Pulley Bolt Recall Investigated
- Feds widen safety probes of Ford, VW and Nissan vehicles
- Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan Soft Brake Pedals Investigated
- Hyundai Recalls 580,058 Sonatas for Airbags That Can Fail to Inflate
- Indian Motorcycles Recalled for “Unintended Starting”
- Navistar recalls more than 10,000 International trucks over fire extinguisher recall
- Feds Investigate Whether VW Should Recall More Models
Automatic Traffic Enforcement and Surveillance
- Berkeley, California Mayor: We Passed the “Strongest” Police Surveillance Law
- San Diego PD May Not Be Following State Law on License Plate Readers
- DC considers adding bus lane cameras on top of speed, red light photo tickets
- How one Florida PD uses license plate readers to catch criminals
- Aurora, Illinois City Council hears plea to get rid of red-light cameras
- Red-light cameras continue to generate millions in McHenry County, Illinois
- Ohio Supreme Court Skeptical Over Municipal Speed Camera Suit
- Pennsylvania bill advances allowing automated cameras on school buses to catch illegal passing
- Bus Camera Companies Fight in Federal Court
- Future of red-light cameras at a crossroads in Denton, Texas?
Driver’s License Watch
- Bill to allow drivers to choose their license photo passes California Senate Transportation Committee
- Smart license plates hitting California roads
- Colorado: E-470 board votes to eliminate vehicle registration fee
- Woman’s license plate left on totaled car costs her months after Hurricane Irma
- Does Kansas have enough info on you to give you Real ID? Here’s how to find out.
- Massachusetts RMV mistakenly tells thousands their licenses are being suspended
Driving in America
- Los Angeles Councilman Wants to Sue Google Over Traffic ‘Threats’ From Waze App
- Caltrans says no to 45 mph on Hwy. 16 in Rancho Murieta
- Illinois Bill Would Increase Tollway Speed Limit
- Louisiana: Business asking lawmakers to pump the breaks on parent-taught Driver’s Ed classes
- New four-way stop law gets green light in Michigan
- Minnesota: Police Opposition to Asset Forfeiture Reform Reveals it’s all about the Money
- Missouri Court Protects Black Box Data from Cops
- Nebraska Speed Limits will be increased
- New York banning cars from Central Park
- New York City Council plans bill to require local parking permits in Manhattan
- Truck thieves targeting tailgates with backup cameras in the Houston area
- In Mount Tabor, Vermont, Heavy Speed Enforcement Means Low Taxes
- Washington State’s Mileage Tax Test Costs $2000 Per Participant
- Seattle drivers will pay $1 billion in tolls to cover a $200 million debt
- The Bipartisanship at the Core of the Trump Infrastructure Plan
- Largest road project in Georgia’s history expected to be completed this summer, officials say
- Kentucky highway plan helps repair 1,000 bridges and 5,000 miles of pavement
- Salt Lake County Council asks its cities whether it should raise taxes to boost transportation funding
Vision Zero Watch
- US sets a nationwide goal to end traffic deaths by 2050
- Seattle’s 35th Avenue Northeast Businesses fight back against proposed road diet
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.