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NMA Article: Driving News Roundup: June 23, 2016

This is a regular feature on the NMA Blog, where we highlight some of the most interesting driving news stories of the week.

Another Hit to the Fourth Amendment

The Fourth Amendment protects people from unreasonable searches and seizures by the government ó or thatís how it works in theory, anyway. In practice, though, court decisions over several decades have created so many exceptions to this constitutional principle as to render it effectively meaningless in many real-world situations.

New York: Nassau County red-light camera revenue fell 8% in 2014

Revenue from Nassauís red-light camera program fell more than 8 percent in 2014 to $34 million, even as the county added cameras to four more intersections, according to a new county report.

California: Bill could put end to automatic suspension on driver’s licenses

The suspension on driverís licenses for not paying traffic fines or appearing in court may soon come to an end. A new bill is making its way through the legislature that would end automatic driverís license suspensions.

Oklahoma: Governor suspends use of controversial card readers

Oklahoma state police have suspended a program that uses scanner technology to detect counterfeit credit cards amid growing concerns that it could allow cops to empty the bank accounts of law-abiding citizens.

Massachusetts: Pike tolls likely here to stay and could even go up as state launches all-electronic tolling

Though the Massachusetts Department of Transportationís turnpike bonds will be finished in January of next year ó and with them, the original financial reason for tolls on the Mass. Pike ó state law says that tolls will only be lifted once the bonds are paid and the turnpike is in good repair.

Texas: Judge Arrested Over Illegal Speed Camera Contract

Smith County, Texas Judge Joel Patrick Baker was arrested Friday for arranging a deal with American Traffic Solutions (ATS) to install speed cameras during a meeting held in violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton secured the indictment on Thursday.

California: Reformers Again Attempt to Curtail Legal Theft by Police

California looked as though it was going to seriously restrain the ability for police and prosecutors to abuse civil asset forfeiture last fall, but legislators ultimately failed at the end. The influence of police and prosecutor lobbying was too strong. Legislation that would have required police to actually attain convictions for crimes before attempting to seize and keep somebodyís money or property passed in the state Senate, but failed in the Assembly.

California: ACLU Sues Solano County Over Traffic Fine Policy

The Northern California American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against Solano County over itís handling of unpaid traffic tickets. Like other counties, when a violator doesnít pay traffic fines or fail to appear in court, their cases are sent to the Department of Motor Vehicles for an automatic suspension of the driverís license. But the ACLU contends that state statutes only allow the transfers if the driver purposely evades paying.

Bronx, New York: White Plains Road sees mostly negative impact from Vision Zero

According to local residents and merchants, traffic has become the number one issue on White Plains Road, even after road traffic safety project Vision Zero and other safety enhancements were implemented for a stretch of the corridor to improve traffic flow less than two years ago. The bumper-to-bumper traffic between Bronxdale and Waring avenues during rush hours has become insane. Vehicles are stuck in the same spot for as long as 20 minutes, waiting for the traffic to break up.

North Carolina: Lawmakers Revolt Against Interstate Tolling

It is now up to the North Carolina state Senate to decide whether tolls will be imposed on the Interstate 77. Earlier this month, the state House of Representatives voted 81 to 27 in favor of a measure canceling the contract that the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) entered with the Spanish firm Cintra to run high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes on the freeway.

To see more stories like the ones above, check out our NMA Driving News site. Each weekday we update the site with news stories that are interesting and/or informative for drivers like you.

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