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2015 GMC Canyon Review

Posted on December 19th, 2014 in , | No Comments »

2015 GMC Canyon Review
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist

Stay smallish — or go bigger?

That was the question GM product planners had to ponder when considering which way to go with the Chevy Colorado and its GMC-badged cousin, the Canyon (subject of this review). Read the rest of this article »


NMA Reboot: Digitizing Driver’s License Data Leads to New Privacy Concerns

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

NMA Reboot: Digitizing Driver’s License Data Leads to New Privacy Concerns
This weekly post features recent news stories that highlight and update themes previously covered throughout NMA E-Newsletters and Alerts.

Editor’s Note: One of the next items to succumb to the digital morass could be your driver’s license. The Iowa Department of Transportation has been working with a private company to develop a driver’s license smart phone app, which could be used in place of a physical license. The system would allow a police officer to scan the digital information from your phone using a portable device. The plan could be non-starter, however, given unresolved privacy and security issues.  

Indeed, personal privacy issues are at the top of our list of concerns with such a proposal. Police already clamor for access to personal cell-phone data and use sophisticated tools like stingray devices to get it. Why make it even easier by setting up a regime whereby drivers voluntarily surrender their phones as part of a routine traffic stop? As this 2011 e-newsletter highlights, court decisions have already made cell-phone data fair game for warrantless searches. Read the rest of this article »


TheNewspaper.com Roundup: December 17, 2014

Posted on December 17th, 2014 in , , , | No Comments »

TheNewspaper.com Roundup: December 17, 2014
Each Wednesday, we’ll publish quick summaries of the articles from the last week on TheNewspaper.com. We’re doing this because these articles are often strongly connected to the issues that National Motorists Association members are interested in.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Kansas Court Declares Plastic Bags Suspicious
The second highest court in Kansas declared last week that anyone driving with a torn plastic baggie is most likely involved in the drug trade and can be searched without a warrant. The state Court of Appeals came to this conclusion in upholding the conviction of Cameron Howard, who was found not with drugs but a lawfully purchased firearm.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
US Supreme Cout Allows Traffic Stop Searches When No Law Violated
Police officer may stop and search drivers who have done absolutely nothing wrong. In an 8 to 1 decision Monday, the US Supreme Court ruled that a police officer can be wrong about a traffic law being violated, but the stop will be upheld as valid as long as he the officer’s mistake was “reasonable.” Read the rest of this article »


The Public Records Request

Posted on December 16th, 2014 in | No Comments »

The Public Records Request
One of the most effective ways for a NMA member to go on the offensive is to issue a public records request. Governmental transparency is a wonderful concept but it remains just a concept unless the citizenry actively exercises the right to probe the policies and actions of public agencies. Read the rest of this article »


Worst New Car “Safety” Features

Posted on December 15th, 2014 in , | 2 Comments

Worst New Car Safety Features

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist

Some of you might remember the ’90s sci-fi flick, Demolition Man. It starred Sylvester Stallone and portrayed a future world obsessed with “safety.”

That’s our reality, today.

If you’ve seen the movie, you probably remember the scene where a car crashes and a gazillion air bags inflate. That was comedic back in ’93.

It’s our reality today.

Here are some other “safety” features you’ll find (unfortunately) in many new cars: Read the rest of this article »





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