War on Cars Watch for March 20, 2019

War on Cars Watch for March 20, 2019

Welcome to the War on Cars Watch, a weekly blog to bring together all the stories that affect motorists with regards to street planning such as road diets, and traffic calming as well as programs such as Vision Zero and Complete Streets.

Please read this blog and let us know what you think by commenting below! Check out the NMA’s War on Cars Watch Facebook Page where we feature a story a day!

Here are the national stories from March 14-20, 2019





District of Columbia







New York



South Carolina



Commentary from NMA Foundation Executive Director James C. Walker

The “Mobility” movement completely ignores the fact that a large majority of commuters in most cities value the shortest door-to-door travel time inside a quiet vehicle with minimal exposure to hot, cold, rainy, windy, or snowy weather. A 20-something single may be happy riding a scooter to work in the rain – the same will not be true for most older adult middle class workers.


The proposal for 30 kph (19 mph) residential speed limits in Edmonton waxing lyrical about how kids used to play in the streets is nonsense. Letting kids play in active traffic lanes should get the parents charged with reckless endangerment.

40 kph (25 mph) on main Montreal roads with any level of enforcement that Montreal will be willing to afford will change essentially nothing – except to facilitate periodic for-profit speed traps, a classic cash grab that residents will hate.


A single lane main road in Mill Valley could always produce the result that the one in Paradise, CA did during their terrible fire – the deadly inability to evacuate an emergency.

Vision Zero is simply not achievable without a 100% separation between cars versus cyclists & pedestrians, plus a likely need to restrict all vehicle speeds to about 20 mph. These changes might have a slightly negative effect on commerce, but the zealots will keep pushing.

Small town speed traps would cease to exist if limits at or near the safest 85th percentile levels were required.


With work zone and some street speed cameras now allowed in Pennsylvania, perhaps we need a member alert to advertise the new ways the state is after your wallet.


Michigan finally ended their 15 year Driver Responsibility shake down in 2018 that put hundreds of thousands of lower income people in what amounts to Debtors Prisons unable to drive. But debtor prisons are a despicable practice that civilized societies ended over a century ago. Texas needs to end the shake down, immediately forgive all outstanding debts, and restore driver’s licenses to the shake down victims with no extra fees.

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