In this week’s Driving News Roundup:
–House passes regs for driverless cars—
–MA DUI tests a mess—
–ALPR ruling in CA—
–SE Texas motorists can’t find rental cars—
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NMA Driving News Story of the Week
House passes bill paving the way for driverless cars
The bill would pre-empt states from implementing certain laws governing the new technology. It would also allow car manufacturers to deploy up to 100,000 self-driving cars a year that don’t meet normal safety standards. In the first year, however, that number will be capped at 25,000. States will still be responsible for vehicle registration, insurance, driver education, law enforcement and other local issues. Manufacturers will be required to include cybersecurity and privacy protections in their vehicles.
Trump Wants States and Cities to Pay More for Infrastructure
The White House said this week that it also aims to cut red tape. Many state and local officials like the idea of less regulations but fear less funding.
State of Massachusetts will investigate breathalyzer test results
The state’s Secretary of Public Safety has launched an investigation into the office responsible for ensuring the accuracy of police breathalyzers, amid accusations that the office withheld evidence that the machines may have provided hundreds of flawed results over a two-year period. The investigation follows allegations from defense attorneys that the Office of Alcohol Testing, which is overseen by the State Police, failed to turn over documents that could have shown what the lawyers say are faulty results. The attorneys, who represent 750 drunken driving defendants, have said that failure ultimately could affect 58,000 drunken driving cases since 2011, when the state first began using the machines.
Opinion and Commentary from around the Web
- Indiana Toll Road deal getting it right
- Congestion Pricing Haunts New York City
- The death of the car show?
- What If Your Future Car Was Hooked Up to Your Brain?
News Stories from around the Web
National News Watch
- U.S. Lawmakers Move To Halt Truck Speed Limiters
- Motorists Believe Distracted Driving Dangerous, But Some Think They’re Good at It
- Paper parking tickets are on their way out
Auto Recall News
- Honda reaches $605 million U.S. settlement over Takata airbags
- Smart fortwo car Fire Investigation Upgraded by Feds
- Triangle recalling 288 trailer tires for air loss
Automatic Traffic Enforcement and Surveillance
- Camera Company Redflex Continues To Bleed Cash
- California Supremes Weigh In On License Plate Readers
- California police body camera transparency bill is shelved for the year
- Florida AG Pam Bondi defends city’s use of red-light cameras
- Drivers call Crestwood, IL red-light camera intersection ‘confusing,’ ‘a trap’
- Iowa Judge Orders Refunds For Illegally Issued Speed Camera Hearings
- Toledo, OH Mayoral Candidate Waniewski calls for changes to city’s speed camera use
Driver’s License Watch
- Commissioner says changes need to be made for license plates and driver’s licenses in Kentucky
- Becoming REAL ID Ready Now More Convenient for South Carolinians
- Texas DPS says driver’s license office in Jasper and seven other counties closed due to Hurricane Harvey
Driving in America
- Riverside, CA police intend to put the brakes on illegal street racing
- Ocean View, Delaware Police attack addiction through routine K-9 scans at all traffic stops
- Florida lifts tolls on state toll roads as Hurricane Irma inches closer
- Florida bill would crack down on leaving children in cars
- Cobb County, GA: Officer who said ‘We only shoot black people’ will be fired
- Indiana State police report a startling number of stopped emergency vehicles getting hit
- Lawsuit renews Missouri court battle over $3 charge to fund sheriffs’ pensions
- A Persistent Case in Ferguson Raises Doubts About Reform
- New Hampshire: Technology adds a new twist to age-old law enforcement tradition of booking photos
- Ocean City, NJ Police Crack Down on Heavy Trucks Invading Neighborhoods
- SE Texas drivers struggle to find rental cars
- Vermont State Police traffic tickets are public records, commissioner rules
- Are Seattle drivers really so terrible?
- Wisconsin bill would strip repeat drunken drivers of their licenses for at least a decade
- Hurricane Irma: 8 tips to max out fuel you have
- How to Escape Your Car if You’re Stuck During a Flood or Storm
- How Long Should a New Set of Tires Last?
- How to Regain Control during a Tire Blowout
- Protect Your Vehicle from Theft
- Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Is Actually Pence’s—And It’s All About Privatization
- California’s Notorious Local Tax Law Loosens Its Grip
- Roads, bridges, taxes: Mississippi lawmakers mull numbers
- Wisconsin budget panel approves road-funding plan
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