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Not All New Car News Is Bad News

Posted on July 6th, 2015 in , , | No Comments »

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist

Some of the news is good news. It’s not all shrapnel-spewing air bags, annoying buckle-up buzzers and engines that shut themselves (and the AC) off at stoplights to “save gas.” Here are some new features you’ll find in new cars that won’t make your teeth ache: Read the rest of this article »

2015 Volvo V60 Review

Posted on July 3rd, 2015 in , | 1 Comment »

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist                                        Photo courtesy of CARICOS

Have you noticed?

Acura has quietly dropped the TSX sportwagon.

The Caddy CTS wagon is gone, too.

Audi no longer sells wagon versions of the A4 or the A6, either.

The Benz C-Class wagon disappeared years ago.

Look around — the room’s pretty empty.

Well, except for this Volvo V60. Read the rest of this article »

NMA Reboot: Ticket Amnesties Mask Need for True Reform

Posted on July 2nd, 2015 in , , | 2 Comments

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

Editor’s Note: California’s oppressive traffic “justice” system has been getting a lot of attention lately—from the media and from public officials. Stories of $25 tickets ballooning to $800 are not uncommon, and the recently repealed practice of making traffic defendants pay the fine before their case can be heard was repugnant. To lessen these unfair financial burdens, Gov. Brown as proposed a ticket amnesty program, allowing drivers to pay only half of what they owe. This could surely benefit many, but without serious reform, it’s only a temporary fix to a broken system. We discussed the pluses and minuses of ticket amnesty programs in this newsletter from 2012 Read the rest of this article » Roundup: July 1, 2015

Posted on July 1st, 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, July 1, 2015
Embattled US Redflex Chief Wins Employment Bias Suit
Former Redflex US chief Karen Finley is guilty of corruption and bribery, but she is not guilty of anti-Australian bias. That was the finding of US District Judge Peter C. Economus who threw out Catherine Petzel’s employment discrimination lawsuit against Finley and Redflex. Petzel says she was fired from her job as a photo ticketing salesman because Finley thought Petzel’s thick accent reminded potential customers that Redflex is an Australian company.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Nebraska Supreme Court Declares Walmart Parking Lot A Public Highway
Nebraska’s traffic laws can apply to private property, such as a Walmart parking lot, according to a ruling handed down Friday by the state’s highest court. Justices were considering the case of Benjamin Frederick who was caught on December 31, 2012 driving in a superstore parking lot in Kearney while his license was revoked. Read the rest of this article »

If Distracted Driving is Bad…

Posted on June 29th, 2015 in , , , | 1 Comment »

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist

We’re told it’s not safe to text while driving because that’s a distraction. But how about all these buzzers and flashing lights and (yes, it’s true) suddenly vibrating seats and steering wheels? Many new cars come equipped with some — or all — of the following: Read the rest of this article »

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