NMA Driving News Weekly Roundup for March 23, 2018

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.

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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 other Sunday, catch the Car of the Future Roundup blog post.

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