NMA Article: Driving News Roundup: June 30, 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: Republicans will fight mileage tax idea until it stalls
Sen. Toni Boucher (R-Wilton), who serves as ranking member of the stateís Transportation Committee, and Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven) are raising concerns after learning from a Washington Post report that Connecticut, as a member of the I-95 Corridor Coalition, applied for a federal grant to launch a pilot program for a mileage tax, which would tax drivers for the miles they travel.
Though most back self-driving cars, 72% in U.S. say driving must be preserved, too
A majority of Americans support autonomous driving, but 72% of believe that the act of driving is a luxury that must be preserved, according to a new survey by Volvo. And 55% of respondents said they want a steering wheel in their car, even if the vehicle is fully autonomous.
Massachusetts: New tolling system may be taking your photo on the Pike
MassDOT has confirmed the new all-electronic tolling system on the Mass. Pike has entered the testing phase and that cameras mounted to the gantries are taking photos of vehicles as they pass underneath. The system will be tested throughout the summer, but motorists are not being charged when they pass the gantries.
Texas: Judge Declares Red-Light Camera Program Illegal
Cities that operate red-light camera programs often refer to individuals who receive tickets as “scofflaws.” The tables turned for Richardson, Texas on Monday as Dallas County District Court Judge Dale B. Tillery effectively shut down the city’s renegade photo enforcement system over several flagrant violations of state law.
Vermont: Thousands of driverís licenses automatically reinstated
During the most recent legislative session, lawmakers passed a driverís license restoration bill, which will allow thousands of people with suspended licenses to pay off their fines at a reduced rate and once again drive legally.
New York: Judge Rules Vision Zero Law Unconstitutional as NYPD Increases Its Use
Queens Supreme Court Justice Gia Morris ruled that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero charge, failure to exercise due care, violates defendants’ right to due process as protected by the United States Constitution ó saying the law puts the burden of proof on drivers to show they weren’t driving negligently, which violates their presumption of innocence under the Fifth and Fourteenth amendments.
At 60, U.S. Interstate Highway System is showing its age
The Road Improvement Program (TRIP) says the U.S. Interstate Highway System is showing its age as it turns 60 this month, suffering from high levels of congestion and too little funding to make repairs and updates.
Louisiana: Judge to stop jailing defendants over fees
A Louisiana judge accused by a rights group of running a modern-day debtors prison agreed Monday to temporarily stop jailing defendants for nonpayment of fees and assessing certain costs on defendants, according to a court filing.
The Rant: The Fourth Amendment is under attack
This month a federal appeals court ruled that law enforcement agencies can scan credit, debit and gift cards without running afoul of the Fourth Amendmentís protection against unreasonable searches. If there was ever a time when we should restore the fourth amendment to the constitution, this is it.
New Hampshire: New Law Requires Criminal Convictions To Forfeit Property
New Hampshire became the latest state to roll back civil forfeiture, which allows law enforcement to seize and keep property without ever filing criminal charges. Under legislation signed by Gov. Maggie Hassan on Friday, the Granite State is now the 11th state to require criminal convictions as a prerequisite in most or all forfeiture cases.
California: Metro puts half-cent sales tax increase for transportation projects on November ballot
Los Angeles County transportation officials said Thursday they will seek voter approval in November for a half-cent sales tax increase to fund a major expansion of Southern Californiaís rail and highway network.
Ohio: Columbus wins DOT’s Smart City Challenge
The US has chosen its city of the future. Columbus has earned the nod from the US Department of Transportation (DOT) as the winner of its Smart City Challenge. As such, the city will have $140 million with which to work as it becomes a living laboratory for self-driving technology, connected vehicles, battery research, and more.
Michigan: Considering 80 mph speed limit
Speed limits on certain Michigan freeways could be increased to 75 or possibly 80 miles per hour if a few House bills become law. House Bills 4423 through 4426 would modify certain speed limits on freeways and school zones, and amend sections of the Michigan Vehicle Code that deal with points on licenses.
US Supreme Court Overturns Criminal Penalty For DUI Blood Draw Refusal
States went too far in imposing criminal sanctions on anyone refusing to submit to a blood draw when accused of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). The US Supreme Court reached this verdict Thursday.
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