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2015 Nissan Sentra Review

Posted on August 28th, 2015 in , | No Comments »

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist                                         Photo courtesy of CARICOS

Sedans are becoming the red-headed stepchildren of the new car market. They’re losing ground to the rising tide of crossovers — which are the same basic thing except they ride higher and have hatchbacks rather than trunks — and so usually have much more room for stuff.

People seem to really like crossovers. Read the rest of this article »

Driving News Roundup: August 27, 2015

Posted on August 27th, 2015 in , , , , , | No Comments »

This is a weekly feature on the NMA Blog where we highlight seven of the most interesting driving news stories of the week.

Washington: School zone speeding will cost you $201; red-light cameras will be $138
Ticket fines for traffic infractions have gone up as of July 1, 2015. But while steep tickets are irritating, West Seattle residents have been receiving frequent and hefty tickets for traffic violations caught on camera. This is no surprise, since the city has been installing more cameras around the greater Seattle area, especially in school zones.

Kentucky: Bid to fix speeding ticket for cop’s kid foiled
A Jefferson County prosecutor has been suspended and two Louisville Metro Police officers are under investigation for allegedly trying to fix a speeding ticket for the daughter of one of the officers. A judge who helped abort the scheme said in court that it was “highly inappropriate.” Read the rest of this article » Roundup: August 26, 2015

Posted on August 26th, 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, August 26, 2015
Report: Southern California Red-Light Cameras Fail To Reduce Accidents
Red-light cameras are disappearing from California. Once the state had more than a hundred cities using automated ticketing machines, but by now a greater number of jurisdictions have canceled their programs than have functional cameras. On Monday, the Los Alamitos city council decided to keep its cameras despite a new report showing the devices have not improved safety.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Tennessee Court Highlights Ability Of Private Citizen To Conduct Traffic Stops
To keep a convicted drunk driver from going free, the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday decided to emphasize the private citizen’s right to pull over other motorists, even for minor traffic infractions. A three-judge panel reviewed the September 2, 2012 incident in which Pigeon Forge Police Officer Jeremy Croce stopped Steven Roy Wilburn outside of his jurisdiction. Though he did not realize it, the officer was not in Pigeon Forge — best known as the home of Dollywood — when he saw a lane violation. He had crossed into the neighboring town of Sevierville. The offense he witnessed was a Class C misdemeanor that is usually punished with a maximum fine of $50. Read the rest of this article »

NMA Speed Trap Spotlight: Missouri

Posted on August 25th, 2015 in , , | No Comments »

Much of the civil unrest in suburban St. Louis over the last year has been linked to public frustration with onerous traffic enforcement coupled with court systems that operate more like debtors prisons than actual institutions of justice. In 2013, Ferguson, population 21,000, issued 33,000 arrest warrants for unpaid traffic tickets and other minor offenses. Thankfully, Missouri has enacted a new law that bans towns from jailing motorists who can’t pay their traffic fines and that caps the amount of revenue cities in St. Louis County can collect from traffic revenue. We hope it’s enough to stop the abuses, but you may want to still be careful when driving through these Missouri communities.

This information comes from the NMA’s National Speed Trap Exchange (, a unique website that gives drivers an opportunity to report on and exchange comments about predatory speed traps they have encountered on their travels.  Read the rest of this article »

Best Car Commercials Ever

Posted on August 24th, 2015 in , | 3 Comments

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist

If you can’t get the tune out of your head, does that mean you’ll end up buying the car? Rich, corinthian leather will only take you so far.

Here are some of the most memorable car commercials of the past 30 years. Read the rest of this article »

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