In this week’s Driving News Roundup:
–A Fort Worth, Texas effort to kill RLCs has failed—
–Trump says US will restrict EU Cars without good faith trade talks—
–Chicago…folks are getting more than one parking ticket —
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NMA Driving News Stories of the Week
A Fort Worth, Texas effort to kill red-light cameras fails, but will the state pull the plug?
The days of red-light cameras in Texas may be numbered. Organizers of a petition drive to have the cameras shut off in Fort Worth say their effort to gain enough signatures to put the issue on a ballot “fizzled,” but they hope the Texas Legislature will take up the issue next year. They want state lawmakers once and for all to ban these cameras, which generate millions of dollars each year for Texas and its cities. “If we can’t kill this at the ballot box, we can kill this at the pocketbook,” said Kelly Canon of Arlington, who led a successful effort to have red-light cameras shut off in Arlington three years ago. “We are looking at the Legislature to get rid of all the red-light cameras, not just those in Fort Worth.”
Trump: U.S. will restrict EU cars without ‘good faith’ trade talks
President Donald Trump warned the European Union on Thursday that the United States would act to restrict entry for European light vehicles if the bloc failed to treat America fairly on trade. Trump, who is set to host European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Washington this month, repeated his line that the EU was treating the United States unfairly on trade, shutting out U.S. farmers.
Chicago: Three City Sticker Tickets on the Same Car in 90 Minutes?
Chicago has issued 20,000 duplicate city sticker tickets since 2007. City officials are now looking at whether this violates a city ordinance and say motorists might be in for a refund.
Opinion and Commentary from around the Web
- Nothing Can Fix Los Angeles Traffic, So Deal with It
- California’s new gasoline tax: Could falling pump prices save it from repeal?
- Trump will never be an Infrastructure President
- ‘Dystopia’ in Chinese Surveillance Looks a Lot like US Surveillance
- Are touchscreen displays a good idea in cars?
- The tension between the freedom of the car and the rules of the road
- Is the race to autonomy another race to the bottom?
News Stories from around the Web
National News Watch
- Civil engineers group says Texas has best maintained infrastructure
- California regulator sees ‘window’ for deal on fuel economy rules
- America’s Largest Auto Exporter to Move Some Production out Of US, Blames Tariffs
- Detroit auto show aims for June in 2020
- 83% of US Adults Drive Frequently; Fewer Enjoy It a Lot
Auto Recall and Auto Safety News
- Auto safety group says feds, Ford failed to fix carbon monoxide issue in 1.3M SUVs
- NHTSA steps up investigation into Land Rover door latch recall
- Mazda adds another 270,000 vehicles to Takata airbag recall, still largest in history
- Nissan Says Exhaust Tests Were Altered in Latest Scandal
Automatic Traffic Enforcement and Surveillance
- California malls have been feeding license plate data back to ICE
- Chicago: Company that took over red-light camera program after scandal gets new contract
- New Orleans Mayor Cantrell’s promise to remove some red-light cameras would mean millions in lost revenue
- Memphis, Tennessee: Neighborhood residents raise money to install SkyCop
- Norton, Ohio considers using DragonCam on Interstate 76 to nab speeders
- Philadelphia Parking Authority Making More Money from Red-Light Camera Intersections despite Drop in Violations
- Washington State Court Blocks Suit over Sneaky School Zone Signs
Civil Asset Forfeiture
- Miami, Florida: ‘We got bills to pay, sweetie.’ Cops forced to return stripper’s $19,934 in cash
- Police Seized Property of Close to 1,000 People in Michigan—Without Ever Convicting Them of Crimes
- Utah Police Seized $2.2M in Cash under Civil Forfeiture Law
Court Cases of Interest plus Police Reform/Corruption
- Federal Judge: It Is Not a Crime to Drive Slow Near Cops
- Court Says Agency Can’t Indefinitely Delay Implementation of Obama-era Rules
- An Arkansas man complained about police abuse. Then town officials ruined his life.
- Judge delays hearing in Damascus, Arkansas’s speed-trap case
- After decades of problems, new allegations surface of a secret clique within Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
- Iowa Supremes Mock SCOTUS on Warrantless Auto Searches
- Former Louisiana State Police trooper pleads guilty to falsifying traffic tickets, gets probation
- Court to decide if flipping off NYPD officers is free speech
- Washington: Spokane police chief opposed to posting full internal investigations, body camera video online
- Milwaukee to pay $3.4 million over police stop-and-frisk policy
Driver’s License Watch
- Drivers challenge license suspensions for unpaid court debt
- Undocumented immigrants in California could lose driving privileges under new initiative
- Maine: Legislature Votes That Drivers Will Not Have Licenses Suspended For Failing to Pay Fines
- Virginia: Arlington’s Car Decal Program Could Soon End, Though Its Car Property Tax Would Stick Around
Driving in America
- DUI penalties rise this week in Alabama, interlock required on second offense
- AAA claims that Florida towns of Waldo, Lawtey no longer speed traps
- Study finds growing support for raising taxes to pay for transportation projects
- What happens to California road repairs if voters repeal the gas tax increase?
- Highway Boondoggles: I-285 and SR 400 Interchange Rebuilding in Atlanta, Georgia
- $600 million will be invested in Nebraska roads in the next year
Tolls in America
- Florida: SunPass customer service system back online after long upgrade delays
- Indiana Begins Studying Tolling on Interstate Highways
- New York: Audit blames cashless tolling for millions in unpaid tolls
- Trucking industry files lawsuit against Rhode Island DOT over ‘unconventional’ tolls
- Portland, Oregon City Council Has Renewed Its Push to Toll All of I-5 and I-205 in the Portland Area
Vision Zero Watch
- Westside Los Angeles Neighbors Network files lawsuit against Westside road diet
- Palm Springs, California is getting bike lanes, road diet planned for one area
- Bike Activists and Firefighters Clash in Baltimore
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