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.
California: ACLU sues LAPD and Sheriff’s Department over license plate scanners
Both the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and the Los Angeles Police Department have become big fans of cameras that capture license plate numbers and check them against information in registration and criminal databases. Authorities tout how the information helps find stolen cars and help solve investigations, but the American Civil Liberties Union has an issue with the police holding onto the plate images of innocent people.
North Carolina: Court costs – where your fine from speeding tickets really goes
Many drivers know it’s the court costs that will really ding you, typically tacking on almost 200 dollars to your initial speeding fine. You may be surprised to learn hardly any of the “court costs” actually make it back to the courts. The vast majority of the court cost money actually goes straight to the state’s general fund. Read the rest of this article »