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2014 Toyota RAV4 Review

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

2014 Toyota RAV4 Review
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist

Toyota’s got these TV commercials featuring the Muppets, who assert the vehicles aren’t boring.

But is boring bad?

What if boring works? Read the rest of this article »


Devaluing Probable Cause

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

Devaluing Probable Cause
This weekly post features recent news stories that highlight and update themes previously covered throughout NMA E-Newsletters and Alerts.

Editor’s Note: In June 2010, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that an officer standing roadside could visually estimate the speed of a moving vehicle with enough accuracy that said observation could be used as evidence to convict the driver of speeding. The reaction by the NMA—articulated by our national email alert (shown in its entirety below)—and other civil rights groups was swift and pointed. Within weeks, Ohio legislators drafted a bill to prohibit the unproven ability to visually estimate vehicle speed as the basis for a traffic ticket. The legislation nullifying the state supreme court ruling was subsequently enacted and added to Section 4511.091 of Ohio’s Revised Code.  

Four years later, we now have another example of a deeply flawed enforcement “tool” that can be used to scan passing vehicles for evidence of alcohol content in the cabin air. This smells of probable cause manufactured literally out of thin air. This NMA Driving News story notes that the development of laser technology to do just that is in its early stages. False readings can be introduced by open or tinted windows, air conditioning running in the car, or even the breathing of a passenger. If state courts move toward giving judicial notice—instant validity—to laser detection of airborne alcohol content in vehicles, expect a similar response to that mounted in Ohio in 2010.  Read the rest of this article »


TheNewspaper.com Roundup: July 23, 2014

Posted on July 23rd, 2014 in , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

TheNewspaper.com Roundup: July 23, 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, July 23, 2014
Texas Motorist Wins $77,500 After Traffic Cops Steal Cash
Police in Estelline, Texas are sorry they ever pulled over Laura Dutton. The 64-year-old woman was stopped on November 28, 2012 as she was returning from a trip to Amarillo on US Highway 287. Police Officer Jayson Fry, the city’s lone officer, was manning a speed trap a few feet away from the sign marking the speed limit drop when she passed through Estelline.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Bermuda To Seize Cars Over Window Tint
Police in Bermuda have wide discretion to impound automobiles when a driver is believed to have a suspended driver’s license or lacks insurance. The parliament this month broadened seizure powers to allow officers to take any automobile driven by anyone suspected of drunk driving. He may also seize a car that smells bad or has dark window tinting. Read the rest of this article »


A Needed Change in our Driving Culture

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

A Needed Change in our Driving Culture
Lane Courtesy should be ingrained in our driving culture as a 24/7 practice by everyone on the road. Yet with the summer driving season upon us and vacation traffic flooding the highways, it is apparent that there is much work to do to educate the motoring public about the value of Lane Courtesy.

Clearing the left lanes to give right of way to faster vehicles improves traffic flow, reduces congestion, helps alleviate incidents of tailgating and road rage, and lowers accident rates. Read the rest of this article »


What Might That Leak Mean?

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

What Might That Leak Mean?
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist

It’s a little odd to think of it this way, but cars and people are both machines, with systems (circulatory, cooling, hydraulic) . . . and when either leak, it’s cause for further investigation. Read the rest of this article »





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