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.
Opinion and Commentary from around the Web
- Driving while black in Missouri is becoming more perilous, traffic stop report shows
- Reverse parking is safer
- Trump wants to tax every foreign-made car, because why the hell not?
- Colorado Springs Mayor Suthers will oppose road tax
News Stories from around the Web
National News Watch
- California and Carmakers ‘in Agreement’ on Emissions Standards
- Federal Appeals Court Rejects Police Immunity in Motorist Shooting
- Is It Time to Reconsider Traffic Stops?
- Tests show effectiveness of police cruisers’ flashing blue lights in freeway work zones
Auto Recall and Auto Safety News
- Faulty airbag sensor prompts 2018 88,000 GMC Terrain crossover SUV recall
- Kia recalls 106,000 Sedona minivans for sliding-door problem
- Severe Corrosion, Steering Failure Sparks Investigation of Older Mazda 6 Models
Automatic Traffic Enforcement and Surveillance
- ACLU fears data from license plate scans may be used for immigration enforcement
- New Homeland Security system will bring facial recognition to land borders this summer
- Move Over Cameras to Ticket Vehicles Traveling the Speed Limit
- 30,000 Cameras Can’t Be Wrong: Chicago Banks On Surveillance to Solve Violence Problem
- Baton Rouge man who owes $26633 in red-light camera tickets embodies debate over program’s future…
- Baltimore speed cameras generate $4 million in excess revenue, which will go toward fire department
- Missouri DOT orders City of St. Louis to take down license plate readers
- NC state board investigating whether Wilmington’s red-light cameras were illegally installed
- Ohio: NAACP files petition to have Dayton red-light camera issue placed on ballot
- Renton, WA police say traffic cameras not deterring red light runners
Driver’s License & DMV Watch
- Real ID: Insanely long wait times prompt CA DMV to open Saturdays at some locations
- Florida: New program helps people caught without valid driver’s license obtain one
- DMV makes it easier to change gender on Nevada driver’s licenses
- Lawsuit Seeks to End North Carolina Practice of Revoking Driver’s Licenses If You Can’t Pay Tickets
Driving in America
- Battle over roads and trails in Colorado between cyclists, hikers, pedestrians, motorists & now scooters
- Doraville, Georgia officials respond to lawsuit, accusations of ‘policing for profit’
- New Jersey drivers ranked among the best, but do the numbers really add up? (NMA says no!)
- New York City: New City Council Bill Targets Repeat Reckless Drivers
- ACLU of Tennessee sues city of Mt. Juliet over police seizure of veteran’s BMW
- Vermont Man Brings Racial Traffic Stop Complaint to High Court
Driving Tips and Advice
- Colorado voters could decide between two initiatives to fund transportation work; one includes a tax hike
- I-25 and I-70 congestion-relief efforts in Colorado get a $90 million boost from federal grants
- TRIP: Ga. making progress but still faces big funding needs for aging infrastructure
- $11B Illinois road, bridge plan has new ‘asset management’ focus
- Montana lawmakers may steer gas taxes from roads to ATV trails
- For New Jersey Commuters, a Sequel to the ‘Summer of Hell’
- Tennessee DOT: I-440 could be rebuilt 2 years faster by closing segments
- $1B construction project to replace Houston, Texas Ship Channel Bridge starts
- Construction set in Houston for more sections of largest highway loop in U.S.
- Wyoming DOT closes temporary bridge due to scouring from heavy river flows
Tolls in America
- Report: To Toll or Not to Toll: Weighing the Tradeoffs for currently untolled Roads and Bridges
- Appellate court rules against environmentalist groups suing to stop proposed Illiana toll road
- RiverLink to raise tolls for Ohio River bridges
- Trucks must pay tolls in Rhode Island starting next week
- Are I-66 tolls in Northern Virginia promoting transit use?
Vision Zero Watch
- Arizona: Fed Up With an Apathetic City Hall, Phoenix Complete Streets Volunteers Resign En Masse
- Neighbors split over plan to reduce car lanes, add bike lanes in Ocean View, Virginia
- Activists cancel on Seattle mayor after ‘duping’ them to promote bike lane
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