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.
New Jersey: N.J. aims to get tougher on first-time DWI offenders
New Jersey lawmakers will take the first step toward requiring all motorists convicted of drunken driving to use a device that prevents their cars from starting if they have alcohol on their breath.
New Jersey: Traffic cameras may be rigged
Transportation officials are now saying the yellow-light intervals at some intersections may not have been tested according to regulations for many of the cameras, leaving drivers potentially at risk of having too little time to respond.
New York: Woman jailed for not paying 10-year-old traffic ticket
A Bergen County, New Jersey, woman says she spent a night in a New York City jail after police discovered she had a decade-old traffic summons.
West Virginia: Supreme Court rejects traffic stop for missing mirror
A driver should not be pulled over for a missing side mirror, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled last week. Under consideration was the traffic stop that happened on January 28, 2010, after a Huntington Police Officer saw the vehicle drive past without a passenger side mirror.
59 ways to lose your license without getting a ticket
Advocating overthrow of the U.S. government could land you in prison. It could also drive up your car insurance rates, and is one of 59 nondriving offenses that can lead to a suspended driver’s license.
EPA officially approves E15 for sale in U.S.
Putting E15 (a mix of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline) on sale in the U.S. has been all but official since April, when the Environmental Protection Agency approved the first applications to make E15. Now, “all but official” has become official, with the EPA giving approval for retailers to start selling the biofuel.
Want people to obey the speed limit? Pay them.
A recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study shows that when the stick is combined with the carrot, drivers behave much better. The drivers were told that, at the end of their week, if they kept their speed within the posted limits, they would be paid $25 each.
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