War on Cars Watch for December 18, 2019

Editor’s Note: The War on Cars Watch will be on vacation beginning next week and will return on January 15, 2020 with a new name, a new format, and a new attitude. Please be careful out there!  

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. 

We love to hear from you about the War on Cars Watch. Please feel free to comment below the post.

War on Cars Watch Story of the Week

National War on Cars Watch Stories

  • How Media Coverage of Car Crashes Downplays the Role of Drivers (War on Cars Watch) –Car accidents are not always clear who is at fault at the time of the crash…Vision Zero folks would have you believe that every car accident involving a bicyclist or pedestrian is ALWAYS the fault of the driver—NOT true…many of these accidents occur at night when road users are jaywalking and/or not wearing reflective clothing.

MJ: Pedestrians aren’t obliged to wear reflective clothes. As far as I know, cyclists aren’t either, although at least in some jurisdictions they are obliged to have lights or reflectors. More importantly, pedestrians and cyclists are also obliged to wait for traffic signals and cross at marked crosswalks. The vehicle code isn’t only for drivers. And again, everyone – drivers, cyclists, pedestrians– needs to pay attention.

MJ: The article mentioned “entitled” car owners. How come none of the other users, such as delivery services or rideshare, are considered “entitled?” We now know who Streetsblog and urban planners regard as enemies – it’s NMA members and everyone else who – heaven forbid – owns and drives a car!

MJ: This is a good article. Yes, accidents aren’t just caused by speed – inattention, distraction, intoxication, and failure to yield (yes, even by pedestrians and cyclists) are all factors in traffic collisions.

International War on Cars Watch Stories

Regional and Local War on Cars Watch Stories

California

Colorado

Florida

Hawaii

Illinois

Missouri

New York

MJ: Wow – because women never ever drive recklessly. The political correctness is out of control in New York City! 

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Texas

Vermont

Virginia

Washington State

MJ: Why not just declare a nationwide speed limit of 5 miles per hour and be done with?

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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One Response to “War on Cars Watch for December 18, 2019”

  1. Diana Welch says:

    Pedestrians aren’t obliged to wear reflective clothes. As far as I know, cyclists aren’t either, although at least in some jurisdictions they are obliged to have lights or reflectors. More importantly, pedestrians and cyclists are also obliged to wait for traffic signals and cross at marked crosswalks.