NMA Driving News Weekly Roundup for July 6, 2018

In this week’s Driving News Roundup:

–Federal Judge Strikes Down TN Driving License Seizure—
–Indiana Court to hear Civil Asset Forfeiture/Schools Case—
–Auto Tariffs likely to send Car Prices Soaring—
–Automated Traffic Cams more prevalent in Black DC Neighborhoods—
–Toledo sues Ohio over Traffic Cams

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NMA Driving News Stories of the Week

Federal Judge Strikes Down Tennessee Driving License Seizure
A federal judge on Monday struck down a Tennessee statute that automatically revoked a driver’s license for failure to pay debts owed to a state court. US District Court Judge Aleta A. Trauger considered the case brought on behalf of 146,211 motorists who lost their right to drive because they were unable to pay massive court-imposed fees and fines. Judge Trauger found the Tennessee law set up a collection method that was both counterproductive and unconstitutional. “The fact that it is difficult to collect debts from very poor debtors is a reality faced by people and entities, both public and private, in a wide array of circumstances,” Judge Trauger observed. “Indeed, it is a problem as old, presumably, as debt itself.”

Indiana High Court to Hear Civil Forfeiture, Schools Case
The Indiana Supreme Court must decide whether a state constitutional requirement that “all forfeitures” be paid to the Common School Fund really means “all,” The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported. Police and prosecutors have been permitted by Indiana law since 1984 to divert for “expenses” a portion of the revenue generated through the seizure of property and cash connected to criminal enterprises — a process known as civil forfeiture. Such forfeitures generated $3.4 million during 2017, but only about $63,000 was deposited in the Common School Fund, according to the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council.

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

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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