The Legislature killed a bill before the session ended last week that would’ve banned texting while driving in the state. If you ask the National Motorists Association, a grassroots organization that advocates for driver rights, the law is unneeded because distracted driving laws are on the books in every state, including Mississippi.
A Texas man with a camera-issued speeding ticket in one hand and a copy of the Constitution in the other took on the court system with an appeal that cited the 6th Amendment, the 5th Amendment and long-standing law. The unidentified man crafted a letter in response to his receipt of a speeding ticket that was generated by a camera mounted on a traffic light and issued by Plano authorities.
State Sen. Scott Renfroe (R-Eaton) is sponsoring a bill that would ban red-light cameras at intersections and those equally unpopular photo radar cameras designed to catch drivers speeding. Technically, the bill eliminates the use of “automated vehicle identification systems for traffic law enforcement.”
The House Economic Affairs Committee on Friday voted 12-4 to approve a measure (HB 761) that could push speeds on some state highways from 70 mph to 75 mph. The measure, which now heads to the House floor, directs the state Department of Transportation to determine the safe minimum and maximum speed limits on all divided highways that have at least four lanes.
Stephen G. Carrellas, government and public affairs director, National Motorists Association, N.J. chapter states that learning to make wise decisions to avoid the typical distractions is key to resolving the distracted driving issue.
Drivers are one step safer to having improved privacy behind the wheel. The Senate Commerce Committee has granted bipartisan approval to legislation that aims to protect the information on automotive Event Data Recorders (EDR), also known as black boxes. The committee concluded that the vehicle owner is the one who owns the information stored on the device.
Two months ago, the Northern Territory became driving nirvana: it removed the speed limits on a few sections of its gloriously long highway. Now the government wants to go even further and pull the limits off other roads around the Territory.
While efforts to repeal the state’s red-light camera law appear dead again, the behind-the-scenes battle over possible reforms heats up in the final month of the 2013 session. Legislators promised to reform or repeal the red-light camera (RLC) law, but camera supporters have fought even the most basic driver protections.
General Motors is not fully cooperating with a federal probe of its defective ignition switches, investigators charged Tuesday. In a letter to the beleaguered automaker, the lead attorney for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said GM was either “unwilling or unable” to answer more than a third of questions posed by regulators. Answers were due by April 3. In response, NHTSA has levied a $7,000 per day penalty against the company.
It has been a decade since the Philadelphia Parking Authority first installed red-light cameras on the treacherous Roosevelt Boulevard, and now state legislators are considering whether to add speed enforcement cameras to the roadway. But it turns out that the red-light camera program hasn’t exactly been a wild success.