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Inside Baseball

Posted on September 15th, 2014 in , , , | No Comments »

Inside Baseball
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist

Here are some things to know about new cars the car industry probably would prefer you didn’t know. Read the rest of this article »


A GMC Gem: The Sierra Denali 1500 Pick-Up

Posted on September 12th, 2014 in , | 2 Comments

A GMC Gem: The Sierra Denali 1500 Pick Up
By The Car Family

A luxurious pick-up truck is an oxymoron until you step-up, literally, into GMC’s Sierra Denali 1500 4WD Crew Cab. You have a leather appointed and spacious interior with enough safety features to be a role model for the national safety commission. Continuing the oxymoron theme the Denali offers you the ability to haul 4×8 sheets of plywood and still get 19 mpg in a truck that is as quiet as an upscale German sedan. Oh, we forgot to mention it can haul nearly five tons while you enjoy the weather with the optional sunroof.

Of course, there is a price for this combination and that is a MSRP of about $50,000 and more with options such as a power trailer brake controller, sunroof, driver-alert package with vibrating seat, forward collision alert, heated and cooled front seats, 20-inch chrome wheels, Bose audio system, 12-way power bucket seats and navigation with IntelliLink connectivity. Read the rest of this article »


NMA Reboot: What a Difference Four Years Can Make

Posted on September 11th, 2014 in , , , , | No Comments »

NMA Reboot: What a Difference Four Years Can Make
This weekly post features recent news stories that highlight and update themes previously covered throughout NMA E-Newsletters and Alerts.

Editor’s Note: Reporters, looking to get to the root causes of the civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, have uncovered a link between the recent tensions and overbearing traffic enforcement targeted mostly toward African-American drivers. Washington Post columnist Radley Balko’s latest post examines how relentless traffic enforcement has compounded the financial and legal burdens of area residents, making it nearly impossible for many to recover and get back to their normal lives.

The NMA highlighted the initial push to install speed cameras in suburban St. Louis, where Ferguson is located, back in 2010. At that time, some police officials expressed concern that the cameras were nothing but a money grab. One has to wonder what happened to that justified skepticism in the intervening four years.  Read the rest of this article »


TheNewspaper.com Roundup: September 10, 2014

Posted on September 10th, 2014 in , , , , , , | No Comments »

TheNewspaper.com Roundup: September 10, 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, September 10, 2014
France: Facebook Users Stand Trial For Anti-Speed Camera Posts
Fifteen Facebook users in France will have to wait until December to find out whether a criminal court judge deems them to be illegal radar detectors. A packed courtroom in the southern town of Rodez heard the case against the leaders of the 10,000-member page “The group that tells you where the police are in Aveyron on Tuesday. Officials were infuriated by the memes posted on the page mocking automated ticketing and warning members where speed traps in the area are lurking. The charges were filed in May in the unique complaint.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014
DC Inspector General Blasts City Over Bogus Camera Tickets
Speed cameras, red-light cameras and parking tickets generate big cash for the District of Columbia. The city’s inspector general on Monday issued a report questioning the diligence of city officials and private vendors in ensuring that the 2,398,136 tickets issued in 2013 — nearly four tickets per resident, worth $171,680,640 — were valid. Read the rest of this article »


Mr. Emanuel, Shut Down These Cameras!

Posted on September 9th, 2014 in , , , | 1 Comment »

Mr. Emanuel, Shut Down These Cameras!
The City of Chicago’s red-light camera program perfectly illustrates all of the bad things that happen when red-light cameras come to town: alleged corruption, lack of oversight, short yellow lights, ticketing errors, drivers fleeced of hundreds of millions with no clear safety benefits. In response, NMA President Gary Biller wrote the following letter to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel challenging him to pull the plug on the cameras or at least make meaningful reforms to the program. We have yet to receive a response from his honor. Read the rest of this article »





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