NMA Article: Driving News Roundup: July 14, 2016
This is a regular feature on the NMA Blog, where we highlight some of the most interesting driving news stories of the week.
Connecticut: 35 bridges to be re-examined after lead inspector arrested for falsifying reports
Thirty-five Connecticut bridges are scheduled to be re-examined by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) after the inspecting engineer, Akram Ahmad, was arrested in May on allegations that he falsified a bridge report in New York. The cost of reinspecting all 35 bridges is estimated to be $500,000.
Texas: Red-light cameras, kicking and screaming
Red-light cameras are in trouble in Texas, but donít expect cities hooked on the revenue they generate to give up without a fight.
Vermont: State Police address racial disparity in traffic stops
Itís a story that has been told anecdotally for decades, civil rights and criminal defense lawyer Robert Appel said: Black and Hispanic drivers are stopped, searched and arrested at a much higher rate than white drivers. Now, Vermont state data can confirm as much.
Rhode Island: DMV won’t share driver’s license photos with FBI
Responding to concerns raised by the American Civil Liberties Union, Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles officials Thursday said the state is not negotiating with the FBI to share drivers license photos and has no plans to in the future.
Georgia: Here’s what happens if you use the Peach Pass lane illegally
Itís not your imagination: Drivers in the Peach Pass lane are getting free rides about 1,500 times a day ó at least for now. Channel 2 Investigative Reporter Erica Byfield looked into Peach Pass cheats and what the state does to try to collect the money. An estimated 25,000 cars use I-85ís Peach Pass lanes every day.
Alaska: DOT Pilot Program Tests Different Speed Limits for Seward Highway Passing Lanes
Soon there could be two speed limits on the Seward Highway, at least between mileposts 60 and 65. Thatís from Hope Junction to the top of Turnagain Pass. The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities is doing an experiment to try to improve the flow of traffic and prevent accidents.
Ohio: Court Of Appeals Wants More Speed Cameras
A majority of judges on an Ohio Court of Appeals panel decided last week to overrule the state legislature on the issue of speed cameras and red-light cameras. Judges James D. Jensen and Arlene Singer insisted that no regulation of any kind could be imposed on cities that outsource traffic tickets to private companies like American Traffic Solutions and Redflex Traffic Systems of Australia.
Tennessee: AG casts doubts on red-light cameras
The red-light camera law only permits cops, and not contractor employees, to review photographic evidence to determine fines, a Tennessee attorney general opinion dated Wednesday states.
Virginia: Suit Aims to End Suspension of Drivers’ Licenses
Last year, more than 900,00 people lost their driver’s license in Virginia because they couldn’t pay court costs. An estimated 75% continued to drive, in part because they had no other way to get to work. Now, Sandy Hausman reports that Virginia’s Legal Aid Justice Center is suing to stop courts from penalizing poor people in this way.
Crash reports show bicyclists at fault more than drivers
Two people are killed nationwide every day in bicycle/motor vehicle crashes. That’s more than 700 deaths on average a year according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Minnesota: Racial profiling during traffic stops
Experts in criminal justice point to a history of two types of traffic stops by police: traffic safety stops and investigatory stops. When it comes to the investigatory stops, statistics show people of color are pulled over at a much higher rate than white people. Racial profile happens most in the suburbs around the Twin Cities.
Speed Up, Slowpoke, or Get a Ticket
Slowpokes, beware: More states are cracking down on drivers who dawdle in the left lane. The National Motorists Association, a grass-roots group that lobbies for safer traffic laws, blames the plague of left-lane laggards on the national speed limit imposed in the 1970s.
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