This is a weekly feature on the NMA Blog, running each Friday, where we highlight seven of the most interesting driving news stories of the week.
Texas: Vroom! Texas considers 85 mph speed limit, nation’s highest
Everything is bigger in Texas, they say. Soon, it could be faster, too. The Lone Star State could raise the speed limit on one stretch of highway to 85 miles per hour, the highest in the nation. But don’t press the pedal to the metal yet.
Delaware, New Jersey bills cover left lane use
Nearing passage at the Delaware statehouse is a bill to keep most drivers out of the fast lane. A related effort in New Jersey would beef up fines for violators. Intended to combat aggressive driving on the state’s multilane highways, the bill would revamp the rule to crack down on drivers lingering in the far left-hand lane.
California: Murrieta suit challenges red-light camera ballot initiative
A measure slated for the November ballot that asks voters if they want to banish red-light cameras in Murrieta is in jeopardy because of a lawsuit filed recently that questions whether residents have the right to make that decision.
Tennessee: Judge denies attempt to overturn state law
A judge in Knoxville has thwarted a bid by two red-light traffic camera vendors to overturn a state law barring tickets involving right turns on red.
Pennsylvania: Advocates push for expansion of red-light camera bill
Advocates for red-light cameras are pushing for House passage of a Senate bill that would expand Philadelphia’s program to Chester and numerous other Pennsylvania cities.
Virginia: Appeals court expands use of roadblocks
Police in Virginia may block off roads to search and interrogate motorists as long as a vague “plan” is filed in advance, the state Court of Appeals ruled last Tuesday.
Missouri: Judge embraces red-light camera program
Lower court judges in Missouri remain split on whether it is legal to use red-light cameras in the state. A circuit court judge in St. Louis struck down photo ticketing for a second time last month. Last week, however, a judge in Jackson County found that it made no difference that the state legislature had never authorized the use of automated ticketing machines.
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