NMA Driving News Weekly Roundup for June 8, 2018

In this week’s Driving News Roundup:

–New Miami, OH will need to pay that $3 M back to motorists –
–CA and Automakers agree on Vehicle Emissions, Now CA wants to talk to the White House—
–In 1 Year, a Louisiana Parish issued over 8,000 no insurance tickets to motorists using ALPRs—
–How long can a state go without fixing roads & bridges? Mississippi will soon find out.

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NMA Driving News Story of the Week

Ohio Supreme Court Upholds Anti-Speed Camera Ruling New Miami, Ohio
The Ohio Supreme Court majority has sided multiple times with speed cameras, but a majority of justices on Wednesday agreed that New Miami has gone too far. In a one-sentence entry, Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor turned away the desperate plea of the one-square-mile speed trap town seeking to hold on to the photo radar cash it had collected. New Miami insisted that it would go bankrupt if forced to refund $3,066,523 in tickets issued under a program deemed illegal by a series of court rulings.

California Seeks White House Meeting on Auto Mileage Revamp
California air-pollution regulators want to meet with Trump administration officials over plans to ease federal auto efficiency standards, saying in a letter to the White House that efforts to undermine the state’s authority would run afoul of the law. The White House’s Office of Management and Budget is reviewing Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposals to weaken auto efficiency standards. The proposals call for revoking California’s authority to set its own limits on vehicle emissions, people familiar with the matter have said. “Such arguments are contrary to law, as has been confirmed by two federal courts and decades of agency practice,”

Gotcha! 8000 tickets from Bossier Parish, Louisiana license plate readers
A little over a year ago, the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office began installing advanced license plate readers at intersections throughout the parish with the aim to catch uninsured motorists. Approximately 8,000 citations have been mailed out to vehicle owners who drove by the cameras and were found to be uninsured since then, Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington said. “They estimate anywhere between 15-20 percent of motorists are uninsured in the state,” Whittington said.

How long can a state go without fixing roads and bridges? Mississippi is about to find out.
Mississippi’s increasingly unreliable infrastructure — its crumbling roads and hundreds of deteriorating bridges that have been closed or weight-limited — is straining the state’s businesses and local governments. It’s no wonder, then, that they, along with transportation advocates and their allies, have pressed the legislature to do something about it. Yet year after year, lawmakers in Jackson have come up empty-handed. This year was no different, even though lawmakers came tantalizingly close to a road improvement package.

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