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NMA Reboot: Camera Company Front Groups Still Stirring Up Trouble

Posted on October 30th, 2014 in , , , , | No Comments »

NMA Reboot: Camera Company Front Groups Still Stirring Up Trouble
This weekly post features recent news stories that highlight and update themes previously covered throughout NMA E-Newsletters and Alerts.

Editor’s Note: The red-light camera companies will do almost anything to protect their interests. When community opposition develops against red-light camera programs, usually in the form of ballot initiatives, the camera companies set up their own “grassroots” groups to fight back. In reality these are nothing more than front groups created to give the impression of strong community support for the cameras. Often these groups may have only one member who acts as a figurehead. WTSP in Tampa recently profiled one such shady group organized to fight a camera vote in Brooksville, Florida. It should be noted that a judge just struck down the Brooksville ballot initiative before it even took place.  

NMA Founder Jim Baxter warned about the true nature of these pro-camera front groups in this blog from 2010. Read the rest of this article » Roundup: October 29, 2014

Posted on October 29th, 2014 in , , , , , , | No Comments » Roundup: October 29, 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 29, 2014
Court: No Relief For Man Falsely Accused Of Running Red Light
Lawrence E. Armstrong, a white man, was penalized because he shared a similar name with a Mitsubishi-driving black man who was photographed in California running a red light. In that state, red-light camera tickets carry license points, so Armstrong’s insurance rates went up. Armstrong filed a lawsuit against American Traffic Solutions (ATS) and Amco Insurance over the incident, but a federal judge last week decided there was nothing the court could do about it.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Oregon Appellate Court Says No To Courtroom DUI Test
There is nothing surprising about a motorist pulled to the side of the road being told he has no right to refuse testing when suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). Oregon’s Court of Appeals considered a rather unique twist on this scenario last week as a driver was told she had absolutely no right to refuse a DUI test in front of a jury in a courtroom. Read the rest of this article »

How Much Gas Does Walking Burn?

Posted on October 28th, 2014 in , , | 1 Comment »

How Much Gas Does Walking Burn?
By John Carr, NMA Massachusetts Activist

Should I walk to the grocery store? Sounds like a “green” thing to do.

Except walking burns a lot more gas than driving. Read the rest of this article »

If the Tesla D’s Such a Great Car..

Posted on October 27th, 2014 in , , | 14 Comments

If the Tesla Ds Such a Great Car..
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist

My teeth hurt.

Over the past week, I’ve been assaulted by one “news” story after the next about the latest fruit of government motors. Not GM. Tesla. The Model D. It is very slick! And very quick! It has all-wheel-drive! Not one but two electric motors (which isn’t new, by the way). Orgiastic comparisons with Porsche 911s and other exotic high-performance cars.

No mention, of course, that the government doesn’t pay people to buy 911s. Nor is Porsche a rent-seeking cartel whose existence depends on government support. Read the rest of this article »

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 »

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