NMA Driving News Roundup of the Week for November 17, 2017

In this week’s Driving News Roundup:

–Tricky Accounting in Texas DOT—
–Refunds for Ticketed Drivers in Palmyra, MO—
–Drowsy driver causes more accidents than red light running—
–US House tax bill no good for Trump’s infrastructure plan—
–Car owners are not reacting on recall notices–

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NMA Driving News Story of the Week

Texas DOT eyeing accounting trick to get around toll road prohibition
The landslide support of Propositions 1 and 7 came in part because the state touted the fact that the money would be constitutionally forbidden from being spent on toll lanes. But transportation department employees are considering using accounting maneuvers to divvy up the mix of tax dollars and federal loans so that toll lanes could still be added when the agency rebuilds or expands existing Texas highways. Highway corridors that could see managed lanes include U.S. Highway 183 and Interstate 35 in Austin, the eastern portion of LBJ Freeway in Dallas County and I-35 in San Antonio. The idea is that Prop 1 and 7 funds would be spent on the non-tolled main lanes, while the new toll lanes next to them would be funded through gas tax revenue or federal loans that don’t come with restrictions on using them for toll projects. Transportation officials say funding the managed lanes with federal loans backed by toll revenues, while adding non-tolled main lanes with tax dollars, would help TxDOT build more capacity with limited funds.

Overcharged in Palmyra, MO: Some ticketed drivers get refunds following News 4 Investigation
Drivers forced to pay too much for speeding tickets are getting refunds following a News 4 Investigation. The tickets were issued to speeding drivers in Palmyra, Missouri. Palmyra is located approximately 125 miles north of St. Louis on Highway 61.

Sleepy Drivers Kill More Than Red Light Runners Federal statistics show
Motorists are more likely to be killed by a drowsy driver than a red light runner. According to data released last month by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drivers who failed to get enough sleep caused an average of 824 fatalities each year — 2.5 percent of the nationwide road toll. By comparison, the latest NHTSA data show an average of 708 red light running fatalities annually. Less attention is paid to the issue of drowsy driving because there is no automatic way to detect it and issue a citation. NHTSA’s data are compiled from the reports made by the officers at the scene of the accident assigning blame on a standardized crash form to drivers who were extremely fatigued or even asleep just before an accident occurred. Drowsy driving is listed a cause in minor fender benders far less often. NHTSA researchers stressed the limitations of relying on police reports for this assessment.

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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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