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National Motorists Association Blog Roundup: October 1, 2014

Posted on October 1st, 2014 in , , , , , , , | No Comments » Roundup: October 1, 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 01, 2014
Michigan Lawmaker Makes A Second Run At Imposing Speed Cameras
Automated ticketing machines are not legal in Michigan, home state of the domestic automobile industry. That could change under legislation introduced last month in the state Senate that would create the ideal environment for private companies such as Xerox, American Traffic Solutions (ATS) and Redflex Traffic Systems of Australia to take over traffic enforcement for cash-strapped municipalities and operate without any risk of being challenged.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Texas, New Jersey Motorists Respond To Polls
Motorists sent mixed messages to pollsters about New Jersey’s red-light cameras and a very clear rebuke to the proliferation of toll roads in Texas. The Texas Transportation Institute released the results of its survey of 5153 registered voters on Thursday, inviting respondents to discuss the best strategies for reducing congestion. Read the rest of this article »

Where Did That Car Come From?

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

Where Did That Car Come From?
By John Carr, NMA Massachusetts Activist

“Say… what’s a mountain goat doing way up here in a cloud bank?” — Gary Larson, “Far Side”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issues an annual report reminding us that most accidents could not be prevented by driving slower.

A recent police log from my area backs that up. It listed six crashes requiring police response. As I wrote a few months ago, the mundane is a bigger cause of accidents than the spectacular. Read the rest of this article »

Muscle Cars Were Slow – Part II

Posted on September 29th, 2014 in , , , | 2 Comments

Muscle Cars Were Slow   Part II
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist

I wrote a column a couple years ago (see here) that mentioned an unspeakable truth: Relative to now — classic muscle cars were slow. Back in the day, when the typical passenger car took 10 seconds (or more) to get to 60 MPH, a car that could get there in seven was faster-than-light.

Today, it’s Camry Speed. Read the rest of this article »

2014 VW Jetta TDI Review

Posted on September 26th, 2014 in , | No Comments »

2014 VW Jetta TDI Review
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist

There are more diesel-powered cars available now than ever. Unfortunately, almost all of them are expensive cars.

One of the few — one of the two — that’s not is VW’s Jetta TDI.

Its only competition is the Chevy Cruze diesel, which is the only other diesel-powered sedan you can currently buy for less than $25k.

But in the Chevy’s case, just barely. Read the rest of this article »

NMA Reboot: New Jersey’s Troubled Red-Light Camera Program May be on the Way Out

Posted on September 25th, 2014 in , , , , | No Comments »

NMA Reboot: New Jersey’s Troubled Red Light Camera Program May be on the Way Out
This weekly post features recent news stories that highlight and update themes previously covered throughout NMA E-Newsletters and Alerts.

Editor’s Note: Good news. New Jersey’s red-light camera program may be terminated at the end of this year. The chairman of the state Senate Transportation Committee recently announced that his committee will not consider legislation to renew the program, and Gov. Christie has said he is leaning against any extensions as well. Initially implemented as a pilot project in 2009, the hugely unpopular program has faced its share of problems including legal challenges, thousands of erroneous tickets, and revelations of noncompliance thanks to the work of the NMA and state Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon.  

Now, anything can happen in politics, but we are cautiously optimistic that New Jersey will be camera-free by the end of the year. That’s an improvement over our assessment two years ago after the state pushed through a sham recertification of the program triggered by our investigation. Read the account below. Read the rest of this article »

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