In this week’s Driving News Roundup:
–OOIDA and NMA file suit against PA Turnpike—
–NMA urges NHTSA to refuse speed trap funding—
–MI Court Case could change local speed limits—
–Wyoming reform CAF –
–First pedestrian killed by AV in Tempe, AZ—
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NMA Driving News Stories of the Week
Driver associations fighting Pennsylvania turnpike increases
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) and the National Motorists Association recently filed a class-action lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, saying the turnpike’s excessive toll increases have placed an undue burden on interstate commerce. Some truckers are paying as much as 70 cents per mile more. The lawsuit also stated the commission is improperly diverting toll revenue to projects unrelated to the turnpike in violation of federal interstate commerce laws.
Motoring Group Asks Feds to Stop Funding Ticket Traps
National Motorists Association urges NHTSA to refuse speed trap funding to cities that fail to adhere to federal speed limit regulations. The group has, for example, been trying to stop the Virginia State Police from running a NHTSA-funded speeding ticket blitz on a five-mile stretch of Interstate 64 in Newport News. Just as the road widens from six to eight lanes, the speed limit drops from 65 MPH to 60 MPH.
Could one court case change hundreds of local speed limits in Michigan?
A court case that could have widespread ramifications on hundreds of speed limits in Michigan is now under review at the Michigan Supreme Court. Since 2006, stricter rules were placed on local governments to make sure their speed limits weren’t set artificially low. The law requires local government to set speed limits with either an access point count or a speed study and make sure they limit isn’t set at or below the 50th percentile of a speed study. That meant many 25 mph zones, not in a business district or on low volume neighborhood streets, are likely not legal speed limits.
Wyoming bans practice that police used to take innocent man’s $91,800
Three months after Vox broke the story about how Wyoming law enforcement wrongly took $91,800 from an out-of-state traveler during a traffic stop, state legislators have changed the law to try to prevent something like this from happening again. The measure passed with bipartisan support in both chambers of the legislature, and it was signed by Republican Gov. Matt Mead last week. Vox was tipped off about the story by the Institute for Justice, an advocacy group that works against wrongful police seizures of cash and property, particularly civil forfeiture.
Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Pedestrian, Raising Questions About Safety of Autonomous Cars
Her death is a tragic reminder that self-driving cars, though promising and seemingly far developed enough, remains somewhat of a risky experiment. Not only does it raise questions about the safety of putting them on the road — eventually without backup drivers, that’s the goal — but it also strains the already tricky dialog regarding its government regulation.
Opinion and Commentary from around the Web
- Driving Keeps Getting Safer. Walking Does Not.
- Do Not Read This Editorial While Walking
- Uber fatality drives home need for uniform safety rules
- Miami, Florida’s Toll Roads Are Huge Scams That Must Be Eliminated
- North Texas needs a voice on roads
- The ticket racket
- Why that bump in the gas tax isn’t enough to fix Indianapolis, Indiana’s pothole problem
News Stories from around the Web
National News Watch
- US spending plan include $100 million for autonomous cars research, testing
- Falling transit ridership poses an ‘emergency’ for cities, experts fear
- Public transit officials are ‘struggling to understand’ Trump’s proposed cuts
- Lawmakers may extend Connecticut seat belt law to back seat
- Florida bill could help police, deaf drivers in traffic stops
- Illinois Statehouse plan would increase infrastructure by $1 billion
- Indiana: Autonomous Vehicle Bill Fails at Session’s End
- Iowa House passes red-light camera regulations legislation
- Louisiana lawmakers seek recommendations to drive down car insurance rates
- Michigan House approves 3-foot distance to pass bikes
- Minnesota Lawmakers Want to Audit License Plate Cameras
- Distracted driver crackdown gains steam at Minnesota Capitol
- Minnesota bill would permanently revoke driver’s license after 5th DWI
- Bill introduced at Minnesota Capitol calls for lane hogs to move right
- Toll Payer Protection Act passes in state NY Senate
- Bill to increase speed limit on some Oklahoma turnpikes passes Senate
- Bill that changes seat belt law for children passes Oklahoma House
- South Carolina Leaders say bill is important part of moving I-73 forward
- Utah Legislature approves plan to permit tolling roads
Auto Recall News
- Senators Frustrated at Slow Pace of Takata Airbag Recall and Loaner Car Policies
- Ford Recalls 1.3 Million Cars for Loose Steering Wheels
- NHTSA investigating issues in 425,000 Hyundai and Kia vehicles that led to 4 deaths
- 270,000 Ram pickups in ‘salt belt’ recalled to fix sagging fuel tanks
- $40M award for boy’s death in Jeep fire upheld by Georgia high court
Automatic Traffic Enforcement and Surveillance
- Davis, California to Regulate Hi-Tech Surveillance
- Lakeland, Florida renews red-light camera contract for five more years
- Village of Lakemoor, Illinois faces red-light camera lawsuit
- 42 new speed, red-light cameras set up throughout Baltimore, MD
- Walton Hills, Ohio installing speed cameras
- North Carolina: Pitt County Schools not using red-light camera money due to lawsuit
- Small traffic cameras create big budget help in San Antonio, TX
Driver’s License Watch
- Supreme Court rejects Arizona’s bid to deny drivers licenses to DACA recipients
- Judge Says No Decision for at Least a Month in Kansas Voter ID Case
- Here are the big changes coming to your Massachusetts driver’s license and the RMV
Driving in America
- America Is Getting Older. So Are Its Drivers.
- The Stop: Racial profiling of drivers leaves legacy of anger and fear
- The trouble with detecting and proving marijuana DUI
- Out of control 17 years. 179 victims. The deadly toll of street racing in Los Angeles
- Florida Gang Unit Cops May Not Write Seatbelt Tickets
- Mass. State Police overtime abuse could bring criminal charges for troopers
- After fatal crash killing two children in a crosswalk, NYC mayor pitches tougher traffic laws
- New York: Is Your E-ZPass the Key to Congestion Pricing?
- NYC plagued by menacing motorists with multiple traffic camera violations, report says
- Speed limits changed on southern Denton County, Texas highways
- Milwaukee says ‘stop and frisk’ lawsuit moot now that Chief Flynn has retired
- Increase in fatal crashes with senior drivers leads to call for building safer roads
- Michigan Governor Rick Synder OKs an Extra $175M for roads
- Austin, Texas: State Highway 45 toll road lawsuit heads to appellate court
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