War on Cars Watch for September 18, 2019

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

National War on Cars Watch Stories

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.   

International War on Cars Watch Stories

War on Cars Watch Regional and Local Stories



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



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!



New York

North Carolina


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?




Washington State


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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