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Driving News Roundup: April 18, 2014

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Driving News Roundup: April 18, 2014
This is a weekly feature on the NMA Blog, running each Friday, where we highlight seven of the most interesting driving news stories of the week.

Mississippi: OMG! Mississippi fails to pass texting while driving ban
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.

Texas: Constitution-wielding man pleads his case against speed-camera ticket
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. Read the rest of this article »

2014 BMW 320i Review

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2014 BMW 320i Review
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist

Don’t say it out loud — but there’s now an economy version of the BMW 3 Series sedan. Well, a more economical — to buy and drive — version. It’s the 320i — and it comes with a slightly less powerful version of the 2.0 liter engine found in the 328i . . . and a 36 MPG (highway) EPA rating.

It also comes with a $32,750 sticker price — vs. $37,300 for the more powerful (and thirstier) 328i. Read the rest of this article » Roundup: April 16, 2014

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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, April 16, 2014
Kansas Supreme Court: No Search Over Spilled Beer
Police cannot search a vehicle merely because it smells like spilled alcohol, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled. The justices last month reviewed the December 19, 2008 traffic stop of Robert G. Stevenson, a man who had been pulled over allegedly because he signaled 30 feet before he made a turn at the intersection instead of the legally required 100-foot distance.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Labor Department Investigates Redflex Over Trade Violation
Is Redflex Traffic Systems outsourcing US engineering jobs for cheaper Australian labor? That is the question the US Department of Labor is now investigating, adding to the numerous inquiries into the Melbourne, Australia-based firm’s business practices. The second largest provider of photo enforcement services in the United States was recently caught violating labor laws in California. It is the subject of a massive federal bribery investigation and charges of racial bias. Redflex was even fined by the Federal Communications Commission in 2008 for illegally importing uncertified radar units. Read the rest of this article »

NMA Speed Trap Spotlight: South Carolina

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NMA Speed Trap Spotlight: South Carolina
South Carolina is home to one of the most distinct landmarks in America: the famous peach-shaped water tower in Gaffney. Look for it along I-85, but don’t get too distracted. You’ll also need to keep an eye out for speed enforcement, especially in the Bluffton/Hilton Head Island area. Read the rest of this article »

If You’ve Never Bought a Truck Before

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If Youve Never Bought a Truck Before
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist

Trucks, like high-performance sports cars — like minivans for that matter — are specialty vehicles. Which means they’re compromised vehicles.

Some things, they’re very good at — usually, much better at them than a jack-of-all-trades family car. Read the rest of this article »

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