The War on Cars Watch is a weekly feature of the NMA blog. The War on Cars Watch focuses on road diets, traffic calming and programs such as Vision Zero and Complete Streets as well as studies, court cases, and other news that affect motorists.
Special commentary from NMA California Member Michael Jabbra is notated with an MJ: designation and all other comments are those of Shelia Dunn, NMA Communications Director and editor/curator of this blog.
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War on Cars Watch Story of the Week
- US Attorney General A.G. William Barr Says Police Might Stop “Protecting” Us If We Aren’t Nicer to Them. If Only It Were That Easy To Get Rid of Bad Cops. –“To Protect and Serve” is the motto of the police and they actually work for us! If we don’t like how a department is doing its job, it is our right to speak up about it in the appropriate manner that has been set up. Nice has nothing to do with this!
MJ: This is a tough one for me. In theory, law enforcement should serve and protect without regard to the ancestry, religion, or political beliefs of the public. However, I served for six years in a uniformed, non-sworn capacity with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. One of the main reasons I decided to leave was that law enforcement is blamed for many of society’s problems, and that almost any use of force is automatically regarded as brutality or racism by Monday-morning quarterbacks in politics, the press, and social media. I think this is what Attorney General Barr was getting at. For more, click here and here. The best solution would be to have less laws for police to enforce in the first place. That would include issues near and dear to NMA members, such as ending speed traps, ticket quotas, and other schemes that are more about revenue than about public safety.
War on Cars Watch National Stories
- Your Car May Soon Say ‘No’ to Drunk Driving (US Senate Bill Reduce Impaired Driving for Everyone Act of 2019) –This is discriminatory against non-drinkers and should not be allowed!
MJ: So what about those of us who drive older vehicles and keep our noses clean? Will we be punished by being forced to install ignition interlock breathalyzers in our cars, even with the possibility of a false positive preventing us from driving? NMA members, let’s ask President Trump to veto this bill!
- Stop Saying Driverless Cars Will Help Old People –yeah, quit saying this media! It’s insulting.
MJ: Asking people who will supposedly benefit from new technology what they think of it? What a crazy idea.
- New cars are safer, but most owners won’t have them for decades, says study
- NTSB Releases its 100-Page Report on Bicycle Safety (pdf)
- A Facebook rumor about white vans is spreading fear across America
- 84% Of Americans See the Car as Essential to Getting Around –This aligns fairly closely with how many adult Americans have a driver’s license.
- Ford workers break their silence on faulty transmissions: ‘Everybody knew’ –Shame on you, Ford, for selling a faulty product!
War on Cars Watch International Stories
- Report finds the US has the largest number of surveillance cameras per person in the world –this is terrible news, and Americans should be up in arms about big brother cams everywhere!
- EU High Court Drives Into Spat Over Dutch Speeding Ticket
- Toronto: A lesson in how not to do Vision Zero (Vision Zero Watch)
War on Cars Regional and Local Stories
- Why can’t Californians drive? The DMV’s lousy handbook is partly to blame
- LA City Council Could Undo the Reseda Blvd Protected Bike Lanes
- City of Los Angeles to pay $4M to woman whose car plunged 20 feet into sewage sinkhole
MJ: Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) bills can be expensive. It sounds like not enough money was being spent on repairing sewage lines. But hey, if it keeps someone from driving, then it’s A-OK! Right?
- San Diego: Second study in 3 years finds disparities in local policing, renewing talks of racial bias among officers
- Colorado Road Diet Watch: Denver hopes to add eight more protected bike lanes in 2020
- Denver moving forward with protected bike lane on 23rd Avenue
- Florida Cop Blows The Whistle On Ticket Quota –ticket quotas should never be allowed and especially never used as a measure to monitor a police officer’s job performance!
- Florida man receives citation from 7 years ago, after city of Tampa parking system review
- When Drivers shift into ‘Park’ after January 1, Illinois will move to collect taxes
- New Year, New Tax: Illinois To Start Collecting Sales Tax On Vehicle Trade-Ins Worth More Than $10,000
- Chicago: New Red Bus Lanes Are Creating Confusion For Drivers, Business Owners Alike
- Lincolnwood may save a bike lane plan that was almost scrapped due to parking worries
- Rochester Residents are voicing their Concerns for Elton Hills Drive Lane Conversion –more motorists in more communities need to speak up and get involved!
- Viewpoint: Car Owners Win First Battle in Manhattan’s Upper West Side War Street Parking Issue (War on Cars Watch) –Thank you for working on this issue—might make you unpopular in the press, but it is important to stand up for your rights because no one else will!
- Queens: Flushing Hopes for its Own ‘Miracle’ on Main Street (car-free) (War on Cars Watch)
- Radar bill controversy turns on dispute over freezing out PT cops (NMA Mention)
- Member Letter-to-the-Editor: No speeding crisis on state’s roads
- What happened to Harrisburg’s plan to cut traffic lanes, add bike lane on State Street?
- Pittsburgh residents concerned about new speed humps
- Shelby County (Memphis) Group proposes new car fees to fund MATA (transit) with county mayor’s support
- Texas Wants to Eliminate Traffic Deaths By 2050. Is It Possible? (Vision Zero Watch)
- Fort Worth’s Vision Zero Policy to Reduce Pedestrian Fatality Rate (Vision Zero Watch)
- To reach zero traffic fatalities, advocates say funding must match Houston’s Vision Zero commitment (Vision Zero Watch)
- Fairfax Co. residents question police pursuit policy after neighborhood crash
- Alexandria Road Diet: City Officials Meet with Residents on Seminary Road –Keep up the great work there in Alexandria!
- Is Alexandria’s George Washington Memorial Parkway next road diet?
- ‘Vision Zero’ initiative aims to reduce traffic fatalities in Norfolk, VA (Vision Zero Watch)
- This new package of bills aims to make Richmond’s streets safer for all users (Vision Zero Watch)
- Streetsblog Viewpoint: Why are We Putting Up With Parking-Protected Bike Lanes? (War on Cars Watch) –this is a bogus claim. Madison, WI sits on an Isthmus, and traffic through the needle of downtown has no room for bike lanes, especially in the winter when very few bicycles are used!
- Milwaukee plans to revamp sidewalks, curbs, medians on Fond du Lac Avenue to make street safer for pedestrians (Complete Streets Watch)
That’s this week’s War on Car Watch blog. If you find a story online about the War on Cars, please feel free to email the URL to me at email@example.com.
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Be Safe Out There,
NMA Communications Director
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