War on Cars Watch for December 11, 2019

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

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

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!

MJ: Asking people who will supposedly benefit from new technology what they think of it? What a crazy idea.

War on Cars Watch International Stories

War on Cars Regional and Local Stories

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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?

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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 nma@motorists.org.

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Be Safe Out There,

Shelia Dunn

NMA Communications Director

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