In this week’s Driving News Roundup:
–MADD founders says UT DUI law is distracting—
–AL RLC suit stays in state court—
–TX Sandra Bland Act now law—
–DE now has transportation lockbox–
Click on the red headline to read the full story.
NMA Driving News Stories of the Week
Male, female or X? Oregon adds third option to driver’s licenses
Oregon on Thursday became the first U.S. state to allow residents to identify as neither male nor female on state driver’s licenses, a decision that transgender advocates called a victory for civil rights. Under a policy unanimously adopted by the Oregon Transportation Commission, residents can choose to have an “X,” for non-specified, displayed on their driver’s license or identification cards rather than an “M” for male or “F” for female.
Five of the Six Safest States Ban Photo Ticketing
Advocates for red-light cameras and speed cameras insist that the devices save lives. The latest figures from the US Department of Transportation suggest, however, that five out of the six states with the lowest fatality rates have banned the use of automated ticketing machines.
Opinion and Commentary from around the Web
- Dumb & Dumber–America’s Driver Education is failing all of us!
- Suspended driver’s license laws criminalize poverty
- Founder of MADD says Utah’s new drunk driving law is an unhelpful distraction
- Coordinated traffic stops and the Fourth Amendment
News Stories from around the Web
National News Watch
- Trump’s Deregulation Push Takes Aim at Noise Mandate for Hybrid Cars
- Exxon Mobil Lends Its Support to a Carbon Tax Proposal
- Stanford study finds bias in police searches
- Good Luck Getting Out Of That Subprime Auto Loan When Used Car Prices Crash
- 47 states now prohibit texting while driving
- Arizona Driver Revs Up Next GM Ignition-Switch Trial
- 2011-2012 Dodge Grand Caravan recalled for unintended airbag deployment: 296,000 vehicles affected
Automatic Traffic Enforcement and Surveillance
- Red-light camera lawsuit moving ahead in Alabama court
- Did the City of Pueblo, CO shorten lights at red-light camera intersections to generate revenue?
- Illinois: City of Oak Brook abruptly drops red-light camera lawsuit
- Iowa Supreme Court deals another blow to traffic camera tickets
- New Orleans refunds hundreds of traffic camera tickets after Eyewitness investigation
- Red-light cameras in Missouri are down — but not necessarily out
Driver’s License Watch
- Kentucky no longer sending driver’s license renewal reminders
- Oregon Legislature rushes to pass Real ID law
- Pa. driver’s licenses get redesign, but still no Real ID compliance
Driving in America
- What’s Driving You Crazy: Lane Courtesy Month
- California considers reducing traffic fines for low-income drivers
- Hold the phone. Did Colorado just make it legal to text and drive?
- Cook County to stop prosecuting some traffic offenses because it lacks resources, Foxx’s office says
- Maine legislature passes bill that would prohibit use of handheld phones while driving
- Missouri state troopers to begin patrolling St. Louis interstates, freeing up police for violent crime
- North Carolina Passing-lane bill gives nanny state a new speed trap
- Ohio House passes bill targeting Brice ‘speed trap’
- Ohio drunk drivers ordered to install Uber or Lyft
- Pennsylvania Supreme Court rules police dash cam videos are public
- Texas Gov. Abbott signs ‘Sandra Bland Act’ into law
- Summer is here. Is your car ready for the road?
- Proper tire care is critical to vehicle safety
- Why You Shouldn’t Run Your Car Low On Gas
- 6 Simple Ways to Prevent Your Car from Getting Hacked
- Building Out Electric Vehicle Infrastructure: Where Are the Best Locations for Charging Stations?
- Delaware legislators lock themselves out of transportation bucks
- Senators Durbin and Duckworth warn Illinois budget impasse will block federal aid
- Mike Pence’s infrastructure mess: What went wrong with I-69?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Every other Sunday, catch the Car of the Future Roundup blog post.