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2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid Review

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

2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid Review
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist

Does the Camry hybrid — vs. the regular Camry — make economic sense?

Or is it an emotional (and political) thing primarily — as in: Hey, look how much I care about the environment?

Hmmmm . . . . Read the rest of this article » Roundup: April 23, 2014

Posted on April 23rd, 2014 in , , , , , , | No Comments » Roundup: April 23, 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, April 23, 2014
US Supreme Court Backs Anonymous Tip Traffic Stops
A quick call to 911 can lead to any car on the freeway being pulled over and searched. Thanks to a ruling handed down Tuesday by the US Supreme Court, police officers no longer need to corroborate an anonymous claim that someone is reckless or drunk behind the wheel before hitting the emergency lights and conducting a traffic stop.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
DC To Raise $1 Billion From Virginia And Maryland Motorists
Washington, DC has long sought to impose a commuter tax, a levy designed to raise money from residents of neighboring Virginia and Maryland who take the train or drive in to the District of Columbia to work. The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit ruled in 2005 that the city could not impose such a tax without congressional approval, something it was not going to receive. Now city leaders have found a way to harness the latest transportation fad to achieve the same result as the tax. Read the rest of this article »

Speed Cameras Represent Bad Public Policy for the Citizens of Illinois

Posted on April 22nd, 2014 in , , , | No Comments »

Speed Cameras Represent Bad Public Policy for the Citizens of Illinois
By John Bowman, Communications Director, National Motorists Association

The legislative proposal to allow communities throughout Illinois to use speed camera traffic enforcement (photo radar) represents bad public policy. If enacted it will seriously infringe on the rights of the driving public, harm the economies of communities that adopt it and shift the emphasis of traffic enforcement from safety to a for-profit enterprise driven by ticket quotas.

By its very nature the use of cameras to remotely monitor traffic for potential violations and automatically issue citations is anathema to the civil rights of Illinois’ eight million licensed drivers. Read the rest of this article »

Bikes Like They Used To Make ‘Em!

Posted on April 21st, 2014 in | No Comments »

Bikes Like They Used To Make Em!
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist

People get into bikes for many reasons, but probably two of the big ones are fun – and affordability. The fun is directly proportional to the affordability, too. A bike you can buy outright eases stress. Big payments for the next several years adds stress.

And stress is the mortal enemy of fun. Read the rest of this article »

Driving News Roundup: April 18, 2014

Posted on April 18th, 2014 in , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

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 »

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