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2014 Lexus IS250 Review

Posted on October 24th, 2014 in , | No Comments »

2014 Lexus IS250 Review
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist

Good things come in small packages — but sometimes, they’re maybe a bit too small.

Hence, Lexus’ re-bopp of the IS series sport sedan. It’s bigger now — with a passenger-viable backseat.

Unlike its most obvious competitor — the Mercedes-Benz CLA. Which is a gorgeous car and a hell of deal, with a brilliant drivetrain (potent turbo four, almost 40 MPG on the highway) but a medieval back seat (27.1 inches of legroom, almost five inches less than a Fiat 500’s backseats . . . and three inches less headroom, too).

The new IS has 32.2 inches in the second row. Read the rest of this article »

NMA Reboot: The Unreliability of Radar for Speed Enforcement

Posted on October 23rd, 2014 in , , , , | No Comments »

NMA Reboot: The Unreliability of Radar for Speed Enforcement
This weekly post features recent news stories that highlight and update themes previously covered throughout NMA E-Newsletters and Alerts.

Editor’s Note: Asheville, North Carolina, Police Chief William Anderson recently confirmed that 244 speeding citations issued in the last year were based on readings from radar guns with out-of-date certifications. Police have also identified another 105 tickets that require more research. In North Carolina, radar guns must be calibrated and certified annually for accuracy. No decision has been made whether to dismiss the questionable tickets and refund the fines. This episode illustrates a point the NMA has been making for years: that the use of radar for speed enforcement is inherently unreliable and that the procedures for ensuring accuracy are often overlooked.  

These issues become more acute at the local level, which is one of the reasons the NMA has opposed the use of radar by local police departments in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania is the only state (or commonwealth) that prohibits local police from using radar, even though lawmakers have proposed many bills over the years to change that. Below is a NMA legislative alert from 2012 urging Pennsylvania members to speak out against such measures.  Read the rest of this article » Roundup: October 22, 2014

Posted on October 22nd, 2014 in , , , , , , , , | No Comments » Roundup: October 22, 2014
Each Wednesday, we’ll publish quick summaries of the articles from the last week on We’re doing this because these articles are often strongly connected to the issues that National Motorists Association members are interested in.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Nevada Supreme Court Strikes Down Forced Motorist Blood Draw Law
Nevada on Thursday became one of a growing number of states backing off from the practice of drawing blood from motorists by force in light of the US Supreme Court’s McNeely decision. The high court forced states to reconsider past rulings that held the natural dissipation of alcohol in the bloodstream automatically constituted an “exigent circumstance” that allowed police to forgo obtaining a warrant before forcefully drawing a motorist’s blood.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
San Francisco, California To Vote On Anti-Motorist Bond Measure
Voters in San Francisco, California will be asked November 4 to approve a $500 million “transportation and road improvement bond,” but few of the improvements are meant to benefit motorists. The measure advanced by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is designed to discourage people from driving. Read the rest of this article »

Visions of Zeroes

Posted on October 21st, 2014 in , , , , | 2 Comments

Visions of Zeroes
By John Carr, NMA Massachusetts Activist

You may have heard that New York city cut the speed limit from 30 to 25. That won’t have any effect on safety. I don’t think Mayor de Blasio is dumb enough to think it will. It’s a symbolic gesture — saying “Vision Zero” gets him some media time — or a revenue grab.

According to NHTSA, two thirds of fatal accidents could not be prevented by driving slower. Their figure is based on police reports. While individual reports are unreliable, the composite figure is plausible. Read the rest of this article »

New Car “Buyers”

Posted on October 20th, 2014 in , , | 4 Comments

New Car Buyers
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist

Who can afford to spend $30,000 — the average purchase price paid as of 2013 — on a new car?

The answer is … very few.

Most new car “buyers” are in fact debtors. They sign loan documents and make monthly payments. Typically, for five years, the length of the average new car loan. Some extend this to six years — and seven years is not unheard of. Read the rest of this article »

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