War on Cars Watch for October 23, 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 Editor and curator of this blog. 

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Breaking News

New Bipartisan Federal Vision Zero Bill (Announced Today) would Reprioritize Federal Transportation Spending (War on Cars Watch) (Vision Zero Watch)

War on Cars Watch Stories of the Week

National War on Cars Watch Stories

MJ: There’s no question that drunk drivers should be off the road. However, I don’t want a car spying on me. This data wouldn’t just be used to keep the car from starting; it would be blabbered to insurance companies, the government, HMOs, etc. for their own purposes. Drivers, let’s do our part – go easy on the booze.

MJ: This is good news for ending the war on drugs. One of the justifications for the war on drugs is being unable to have an on-the-spot way to determine how drugged a driver is. Now, here’s the solution, at least for marijuana. There will in the future be ways to detect other drugs. Again, drivers, let’s do our part – drugs and driving do not mix.

MJ: So on the one hand, smartphones are a distraction that cause accidents and injure or kill other motorists, or cyclists, or pedestrians…and on the other hand, everyone should install an app on their phone to monitor (spy on) their driving. Why not just put the phone down and pay attention? (Yes, cyclists too – I’ve seen cyclists riding with their noses in their phones.)

International War on Cars Watch Stories

Regional and Local War on Cars Watch Stories


MJ: This is madness. All of the streets mentioned are major vehicle arteries. Closing them to vehicle traffic is going to cause a lot of congestion. Let’s stick with improving mass transit in those areas – more buses, more often.


District of Columbia







MJ: This article hits all the main talking points: traffic enforcement should be about safety rather than revenue-raising, there are too many laws, and it’s not necessary to turn everything into a criminal matter or an arrest. I would add one thing: for minor violations, perhaps community service could be used instead of fines for someone who doesn’t have a lot of money to pay a fine.




New York


MJ: Don’t kill the car. That just antagonizes people. The rest of the article was about offering choices to people in the form of e-bikes. That isn’t so bad. Choice, not compulsion, is the way to go. And again – for clueless urban planners – sometimes people need to carry their own cargo. Not everything can be crammed into a backpack or bicycle basket.


South Carolina





That’s this week’s War on Car Watch post. If you find a story online about the War on Cars, please feel free to email the URL to me at nma@motorists.org.

Be Safe Out There,

Shelia Dunn

NMA Communications Director

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