NMA Driving News Weekly Roundup for January 5, 2018

In this week’s Driving News Roundup:

–North Texas RLC runaround over soon—
–OK DUI law declared unconstitutional—
–USDOT cracks down on truck hauling trailers—
–Insurance Co Refuses to Cover RLC Illinois town program–

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NMA Driving News Story of the Week

Could the case of the North Texas red light runaround soon be over?
Russell Bowman has spent up to $80,000 battling a $75 fine for allegedly running a red light in Richardson in 2012. His battle doesn’t rely on a ‘he said, she said’ argument. Instead, Bowman, a Keller resident and Metroplex attorney, is basing his legal fight on what he contends is the failure of the city of Richardson to conduct the requisite engineering study before installation of red-light cameras. Before the state’s Fifth Court of Appeals last month, Victoria Thomas, an attorney representing the city of Richardson, stressed that city officials had testified over the winding trail of the case that the city had done the study. Even then, she said, “the city was not required to comply” with the state law passed in 2007 that provided rules for the use of red light cameras.

Examining the Conflict and Costs of Sobriety Checkpoints
Over the years there have been conflicting opinions about DUI/DWI checkpoints with both sides providing very solid reasoning for their stance. Sobriety checkpoints have been a hot-button topic over the years, and with the holidays upon us, they are in full view. Many feel the checkpoints or roadblocks are unconstitutional, and some state legislatures feel that way too. Each of these states either asserts that DUI checkpoints are unconstitutional, illegal, or there is no state authority to do so, while the remaining 38 states allow for some form of a sobriety checkpoint. Alaska, Iowa, Minnesota, Oregon, Texas, Wisconsin, Idaho, Michigan, Montana, Rhode Island, Washington, Wyoming.

Oklahoma Supreme Court Slams DUI Law
Oklahoma’s attempt to crack down on drunk driving went too far. In a ruling last week, the state Supreme Court declared the Impaired Driving Elimination Act violated the due process rights of motorists by, among other provisions, requiring police officers to tear up a driver’s license upon the mere suspicion that he might be impaired. A group of attorneys filed suit, arguing that it was unconstitutional for the government to seize and destroy someone’s property without even allowing a hearing to contest the license seizure — and the high court agreed.

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