NMA Driving News Roundup of the Week for November 3, 2017

In this week’s Driving News Roundup:

–Speed is up, crashed down in Cedar Rapids—
–Uninsured Drivers on the Rise—
–Trump administration pulls plug on V2V communication—
–Homeland Security wants facial recognition at the border–

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NMA Driving News Story of the Week

On Cedar Rapids, Iowa’s S-curve, speed is up but crashes aren’t
While its clear drivers are going faster along the stretch that includes the narrow and sharp interstate curve across the Cedar River, it’s less clear what that means for safety. State and city data on car crashes conflict, worsened by the fact that the period to compare with past years is so short — six months. Still, some drivers say it just feels safer despite the higher speeds. Motorists are no longer slamming on the brakes to avoid a camera ticket, then stomping on the gas to resume speeding when out of range, they say. “The flow is a lot smoother and less congested,” said Cody Mason, 40, who drives I-380 for his pest control business.

The dangerous rise in uninsured drivers
You and your family are driving on always dangerous I-95 in Florida thinking about your long-awaited week in Disney World. Suddenly, someone’s car smashes into yours just as you pass an interchange. But that’s not the worst of it. Turns out the driver has no auto insurance. In the Sunshine State, this is an occupational hazard. Nearly 27 percent, or better than one in four, of the motorists you’ll meet on the roads there are driving illegally without coverage required by the state. That’s double the nationwide average of one-in-eight uninsured drivers. Why should you care? Because your car has just been damaged, and you’ll only be sure of being reimbursed if you have your own collision coverage. If not, it’s a toss-up depending on which insurer you have and whether it wants to claim that you were partly at fault.

NHTSA Considering Rolling Back Regulations on Mandatory Steering Wheels, Brake Pedals
Self-driving vehicles are increasingly moving out of the realm of science fiction and becoming an inevitable step forward in the evolution of the automotive industry. In order for autonomous vehicles to well and truly become a thing, however, regulation is necessary–both in terms of creation and elimination.

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