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2015 Ford Edge Review

Posted on March 27th, 2015 in , | No Comments »

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist                                    P
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The Internet as a mass medium is less than 20 years old but because it’s literally everywhere now it feels as though it has always been thus.

Same goes for crossover SUVs. They are — as a class — hugely popular now and as common as wood-paneled station wagons were back in the ’70s.

But it was not always so — and as recently as the early 2000s. There were lots of SUVs — based on pick-up trucks. But the idea of building an SUV-looking vehicle that was based on a car — and which rode and handled like a car rather than a truck — that was a new idea. Read the rest of this article »

NMA Reboot: When Did “To Protect and Serve” become “To Ticket and Arrest?”

Posted on March 26th, 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: Last week the ACLU of Georgia settled a case with DeKalb County involving a man who was jailed for not paying traffic fines. The man, Kevin Thompson, spent five days in jail for not paying $838 in court fines and probation fees stemming from an unpaid traffic ticket. The case illustrates just how merciless the traffic justice system can be, especially to those of limited means. The irony is that the system, through such heavy-handed tactics, makes payment all but impossible for those already experiencing financial hardships. Can anyone say Ferguson? As highlighted in this 2012 newsletter, the NMA has long exposed the human toll incurred when government pursues revenue at the expense of fairness and decency. Read the rest of this article » Roundup: March 25, 2015

Posted on March 25th, 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 25, 2015
Texas: Red-Light Camera Firm Makes Second Attempt To Block Vote
American Traffic Solutions (ATS) will not take “no” for an answer. Earlier this month, a Tarrant County, Texas district court judge rejected the company’s attempt to stop Arlington residents from voting on May 9 about whether red-light cameras should stay or go. On Tuesday, ATS lawyer Andy Taylor filed an emergency petition challenging Judge Tom Lowe’s March 3 decision saying he had no jurisdiction in the matter.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Ohio Judge Puts Freeze On Traffic Camera Limitation For Toledo
Lucas County, Ohio Common Pleas Judge Dean Mandros stepped in at the last minute Sunday to prevent a new state law restricting speed cameras and red-light cameras from taking effect in Toledo on Monday. The ruling has no effect outside Lucas County. Read the rest of this article »

Tax By Mile Cometh

Posted on March 23rd, 2015 in , , , , | 2 Comments

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist

Oregon — home of things uber trendy — has become the first state to begin dunning motorists by the mile rather than by the gallon.

The “pilot” program begins July 1 — and will be implemented by the Oregon DOT in partnership with something called Sanef ITS Technologies America and Intelligent Mechatronic Systems. Sounds a lot like Cyberdyne Systems from the Terminator movies, doesn’t it? And the similarities run a lot deeper than that. Read the rest of this article »

2015 BMW X4 Review

Posted on March 20th, 2015 in , | No Comments »

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist                                       
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BMW calls the new X4 a “sports activity coupe” — notwithstanding its, uh, four doors.

Five, actually — if you count the hatchback.

So what is it, actually? Read the rest of this article »

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