NMA Driving News Roundup of the Week for October 6, 2017

In this week’s Driving News Roundup:

–Senate Committee passes Driverless Car Bill—

–Justice Department ends Police Reform Program—

–Dems offer own Infrastructure Plan—

–White House wants to phase out Social Security Numbers–

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NMA Driving News Story of the Week

De-policing, crime and the ‘Ferguson effect’ in Missouri
Some have speculated that the increased scrutiny and criticism has led departments and their officers to “de-police” — defined as a pullback or withdrawal from proactive or discretionary police work. Such de-policing, it is argued, has emboldened criminals; thus, contributing to rises in crime. This alleged relationship between public criticism, de-policing and crime has come to be known as the “Ferguson effect” — a term originally coined by former St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson. Surprisingly, little is known about whether de-policing occurs in the wake of a high-profile deadly force incident and if de-policing, in turn, leads to increases in crime.

Chicago Tribune investigation: Illinois DOT approves red-light cameras for already safe intersections
What happened at Illinois Highway 83 and 22nd Street highlights the inconsistent and at times contradictory way IDOT has approved the controversial cameras at nearly 200 intersections across the suburbs. Ten years ago, the General Assembly allowed suburbs to install cameras, but for state routes, typically the busiest roads, IDOT needed to approve. And IDOT was talking tough. Engineers wanted cameras put only in truly dangerous places where no other fix had improved safety. Yet, a Tribune analysis found that often didn’t happen.

Justice Department Ends Era of Pushing Police Reform
The Trump administration’s latest reversal of Obama policing strategies instead puts an emphasis on tough-on-crime policies. But the shift will undermine efforts to rebuild relations between communities and police, say many law enforcement officials and experts.

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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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