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NMA Reboot: Lane Courtesy Should Always be Taken Seriously

Posted on March 5th, 2015 in , , , | No Comments »

This weekly post features recent news stories that highlight and update themes previously covered throughout NMA E-Newsletters and Alerts.

Editor’s Note: The Alaska Dispatch News recently reported that some state lawmakers don’t seem to be spending their time on the substantive issues of the day. Instead, they’re passing ceremonial bills, debating resolutions to create an “Alaska School Choice Week” and holding hearings on whether or not to exempt Alaska from Daylight Saving Time. The paper also included a Lane Courtesy bill on the list of frivolous measures. Of course, Lane Courtesy, the practice of yielding or moving over for faster traffic, is not frivolous because it promotes safe, efficient traffic flow. NMA President Gary Biller said as much when he testified via phone before the Alaska legislative committee considering the bill. The NMA supports any reasonable efforts to enforce Lane Courtesy. Here’s what we said about a similar Georgia bill a few years ago.  Read the rest of this article » Roundup: March 4, 2015

Posted on March 4th, 2015 in , , , , | No Comments »

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, March 04, 2015
Texas: Judge Rejects Traffic Camera Company Attempt To Block Public Vote
A Tarrant County, Texas judge on Tuesday did not buy the argument of a red-light camera company that the public had no right to vote on whether cameras should be used in their community. American Traffic Solutions (ATS) filed for an emergency injunction last week in an attempt to keep the residents of Arlington from casting a ballot in the upcoming May election on the subject of automated ticketing. The Arizona-based firm found someone local who claimed he would suffer injury if fellow residents were allowed to vote.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Federal Appeals Court Endorses Suspicionless Detention Of Air Force Officer
An Air Force major detained at a suspicionless roadblock five years ago will not be able to sue for damages. A sharply divided Fifth Circuit US Court of Appeals panel concluded on Thursday that Border Patrol agents could hold Major Richard Rynearson indefinitely simply because they did not care for his attitude. Read the rest of this article »

Neglected Maintenance

Posted on March 2nd, 2015 in , , | 1 Comment »

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist

If you grew up in the pre-Interwebs, pre-computer world, you’ll remember how often cars needed This or That. Which is probably why people were more aware of car maintenance in those days. You really didn’t have much choice. Today, it’s easy to neglect maintenance stuff because there’s less to do — and less often. Spark plugs that last 100,000 miles. Oil changes every 10,000 miles. As opposed to spark plugs that lasted 12 months — and oil changes every 3,000 miles.

But cars are still machines and machines still need maintenance. Just not as often — and for different things. Here are some of them: Read the rest of this article »

Nissan Pathfinder: Affable and Affordable

Posted on February 27th, 2015 in , | 1 Comment »

Totally redesigned just two years ago, the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder once again offers exceptional levels of versatility, fuel efficiency and full-size comfort for seven passengers. Pathfinder is available in 2-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive configurations, with all models powered by a fuel-efficient 260-horsepower 3.5-liter DOHC V6.
By The Car Family

Sometimes a car simply amazes you, and that is the way it was with the new Pathfinder. Nissan has made this seven passenger SUV into a well-mannered, fun and versatile vehicle capable of handling most any terrain and with enough options to satisfy any taste. Perhaps, best of all, the Pathfinder starts around $30,000. In other words, Nissan has priced this gentle giant under the cost of many mid-sized sedans. Read the rest of this article »

NMA Reboot: School Bus Cameras Don’t Make our Kids Any Safer

Posted on February 26th, 2015 in , , , | 1 Comment »

This weekly post features recent news stories that highlight and update themes previously covered throughout NMA E-Newsletters and Alerts.

Editor’s Note: Indiana lawmakers are considering legislation to allow the use of school bus stop arm cameras to record alleged passing violations of stopped school buses. Supporters play upon the strong emotions elicited by the prospects of school children being injured or killed by negligent motorists. They imply cameras on school buses will save countless lives. They highlight the sheer amount of potential risk involved with the business of transporting children to and from school. The argument falls apart when you realize that the majority of bus-related fatalities involving school children are actually caused by the bus, not a passing motorist. We analyze the data in detail in this e-newsletter. Read the rest of this article »

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