Special Announcement: Are you fighting a road diet or traffic calming project in your city? If you have the time and money, we encourage you to attend the Keep LA Moving Conference on October 5th in Los Angeles. Shelia Dunn, your humble War on Cars Watch editor, will be presenting and we hope that getting together will help those move further in their fight against city hall. Check out the conference HERE.
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.
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War on Cars Watch Stories of the Week
- War on Cars at a Fever Pitch in NYC: NMA E-Newsletter #557
- S. House panel debates merits of congestion pricing
National War on Cars Watch Stories
- The Supreme Court’s Next Big Fourth Amendment Case: What’s at stake in Kansas v. Glover?
- Supreme Court Traffic Stop Case Could Drastically Limit Drivers’ Fourth Amendment Rights
- Automakers agree to install rear seat reminders to prevent heatstroke deaths in children
- Rethinking Police Stops: In the era of legal pot, can police search cars based on odor?
- Yet another study shows that bike lanes boost business (War on Cars Watch)
- Viewpoint: The Spectacular Benefits of Tactical Urbanism (War on Cars Watch)
- Blueprint for Autonomous Urbanism shows how cities can adapt and change to accommodate everyone
- Road rage fatalities increased 500 percent over 10 years, and they’re still on the rise, study says
MJ: Endless traffic jams, too many people who are too densely crowded together, no desire to obey laws that are needed for public safety, and too many laws—no wonder people are angry. The government response to this is at best bumbling and incompetent.
- Pedestrians die every 90 minutes in the U.S., and low-income areas are hurt most
- Research shows the average annual cost of vehicle ownership hits new high
- Used cars offer big deals for car shoppers
- Think car ownership will soon be a thing of the past? Think again
- War on Cars Watch: Why we need to reframe the rules of transportation design
- The Cost of Leaving the Car Behind: An Alt Transportation Experiment from Car and Driver
- This Is How Engineers Ruin Cities (War on Cars Watch)
International War on Cars Watch Stories
- Driving in Canada: Think twice before you hand your phone to police to show auto insurance, experts say
- Mumbai, India bad roads won’t permit even 80 kmph
War on Cars Watch Regional and Local Stories
- SB 127, the Complete Streets Bill send to Governor Gavin Newsom (Complete Streets Watch)
- Bay Area super-commuting growing: Here’s where it’s the worst
- Berkeley cyclists cry foul over hefty fines for rolling through stop signs (Vision Zero Watch)
MJ: Cyclists have to obey the law too? How horrible! How shocking! These same people would scream bloody murder if drivers were allowed to ignore stop signs. What hypocrites. There needs to be a law that applies to everybody if we’re to have any semblance of order on crowded streets.
MJ: This is a tough one. Using a drone for surveillance is much cheaper than sending up a real helicopter. However, that cheapness will soon tempt law enforcement to use the drones in situations beyond barricaded suspects, active shooters, and other urgent situations in which the use of such equipment may save lives, including those of the activists who are denouncing the use of drones. Technology is making it much cheaper for governments and law enforcement agencies to ignore the Fourth Amendment, and companies who are selling this technology are happy to oblige.
District of Columbia
- New data reveals DC police stopped mostly black drivers, launching bias research
- US Senate Sergeant-at-Arms and 37 parking spots stand in the way of a Louisiana Avenue road diet (War on Cars Watch)
- DC Police underreported stop and frisk numbers for years. What is the city going to do about it?
- Atlanta City Council directs more cash to pedestrian-friendly MLK Jr. Drive road diet
- Study could lower speed limits, reduce deaths, on Atlanta streets (War on Cars Watch)
MJ: Discovering where the sidewalks are—that’s a good start. Now describe whether these are areas where pedestrians will feel safe walking, and also express whether people will want to walk when it’s snowing, and the wind is howling. Pssst…crime and cold weather can’t be blamed on drivers!
- Chicago Area Road Diet: Wells-Wentworth Connector streetscape will prioritize bike and pedestrian safety
- Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveils $6 million in investments to bolster West Side traffic safety (Vision Zero Watch)
- New York: Officers Said They Smelled Pot. The Judge Called Them Liars.
- NYC Safe-Streets Advocates Demand that Mayor Bill de Blasio ‘Focus on the Real Problems Killing New Yorkers’ (War on Cars Watch)
- War on Cars Watch: Decongesting New York City
- NYC To Create Protected Bike Lanes During the upcoming UN General Assembly
- NY Editorial: No need for Lane Courtesy Law (S6675A)
MJ: This is wrong. Checkpoints throw the concept of “probable cause” out the window, and they also create traffic congestion. The Muskogee Police Department needs to start upholding the Constitution instead of goofing it off in the name of law enforcement or safety. Or is it really about revenue?
- Ex-police officer suing the city of Collegedale and officials over alleged forced resignation, ‘illegal quota system’
- Proposed deal in car tab lawsuit would refund $125 million to vehicle owners
- Seattle Tickets for traffic violations down more than 40% since 2015
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be Safe Out There,
NMA Communications Director
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