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TheNewspaper.com Roundup: November 26, 2014

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TheNewspaper.com Roundup: November 26, 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, November 26, 2014
Iowa: Cops May Not Snoop On DUI Consultations With Lawyers
A motorist suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) has the right in Iowa to consult privately with an attorney to decide whether to take a breathalyzer test, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday. The unanimous decision threw out the evidence against David Joseph Hellstern because a police officer eavesdropped on Hellstern’s phone call. Though Hellstern asked for privacy, the officer failed to disclose that private in-person attorney consultations are permitted under state law.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Saudi Arabia: Speed Cameras Cause Accidents
Speed cameras played a central role in a pair of recent, high-profile accidents in Saudi Arabia. At the beginning of the month, a dozen vehicles crashed into one another in Qassim after a motorist saw a speed camera, panicked and jammed the brake pedal to the floor. Four people were injured as one car slammed into the next. One man was hospitalized. Read the rest of this article »


Winter Tips

Posted on November 24th, 2014 in , , | 7 Comments

Winter Tips
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist

The globe refuses to warm. What happened, Al?

The opposite is happening. The globe is cooling. Brutally so. Here in the “South” — where it’s supposed to be warm — it has been getting colder and colder with each passing year. Fall has transitioned from balmy to brutal. Two weeks shy of Thanksgiving and it’s going to dip into the teens overnight. “Winter” is still — technically — weeks away.

Our cars suffer, too.

How to ease their pain — and perhaps, ours? Here are a few suggestions that ought to help: Read the rest of this article »


BMW Diesel Sport Wagon: The Family Bimmer

Posted on November 21st, 2014 in , | 1 Comment »

BMW Diesel Sport Wagon: The Family Bimmer
By The Car Family

There is something for everyone in the BMW 328 all-wheel drive diesel wagon. For the family there is room for five and a dog or two. For the enthusiast there is the typical excellent BMW handling, suspension, and brakes. For the frugal there is the 30 plus mpg highway mileage and the reliability of a diesel engine. And for the adventurous that all-wheel drive makes light off-roading an enjoyable task. Of course, all these ingredients come at a cost and the wagon’s base price is just north of $40,000 BMW.

The real story is the BMW diesel engine which has a unique feature that turns off the power plant at stoplights to save fuel. It starts immediately when you remove your foot from the brake or push the accelerator pedal. BMW’s diesel starts quickly, even in colder weather, with very little chatter normally associated with such robust engines. Matted to an eight-speed automatic transmission the wagon does not have to be refueled for about 500 miles. Read the rest of this article »


NMA Reboot: Don’t Skimp When it Comes to Tires

Posted on November 20th, 2014 in , , , | No Comments »

NMA Reboot:  Don’t Skimp When it Comes to Tires
This weekly post features recent news stories that highlight and update themes previously covered throughout NMA E-Newsletters and Alerts.

Editor’s Note: Consumer Reports recently warned drivers about the hazards of counterfeit tires. It seems that some bargain basement brands imported from China may be fakes and could pose a safety hazard to those who purchase them. The magazine especially advises caution when considering deeply discounted, off-name brands sold through online outlets. Worn, defective or poorly made tires can significantly increase the risk of accident and injury out on the highway. 

The NMA previously warned drivers about faulty tires in this newsletter about old tires being passed off as new:  Read the rest of this article »


TheNewspaper.com Roundup: November 19, 2014

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TheNewspaper.com Roundup: November 19, 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, November 19, 2014
California Court of Appeal Upholds Anti-Camera Initiative
California’s second-highest court rejected the attempt of a for-profit company to interfere with the right of voters to decide whether photo enforcement can be used in Murrieta. A three-judge panel went further on Tuesday and ruled that Stephen Flynn, the agent of American Traffic Solutions (ATS), must pay the court costs of Diana Serafin, the organizer of a November 2012 referendum that won 57 percent of the vote to bring the cameras down.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Nevada: Federal Judge Finds Cop Caused Traffic Infraction
A federal judge earlier this month found that a motorist should not have been held to blame because a police officer’s aggressive driving forced him to move out of the way. US District Court Judge Larry R. Hicks viewed the dashcam video of Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Eric Lee’s traffic stop on Interstate 80 near Reno on July 11, 2011 and did not like what he saw. Read the rest of this article »





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