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.
States explore new ways to tax motorists for road repair
States are looking for new ways of taxing motorists as they seek to pay for highway and bridge repair and improvements without relying on the per-gallon gasoline tax widely viewed as all but obsolete.
Missouri: Bill seeks longer yellow lights
Drivers approaching a traffic signal should expect a minimum amount of time before the yellow light turns to red. That’s the thinking of a state senator whose bill would require the Missouri Department of Transportation to oversee minimal yellow light change intervals for all traffic-control devices.
California: Senate votes for red-light camera bailout
The California Senate voted unanimously Thursday to relieve red-light camera companies of their most significant legal liability. At issue is whether the Confrontation Clause principles recently upheld in a 2009 US Supreme Court case apply to the evidence generated by automated ticketing machines.
Maryland: Speed cameras found to have error
Speed cameras are raising concerns tonight after a major error was found. More than three thousand tickets must now be thrown out.
Louisiana: Appeals court rules gunpoint traffic stop not an arrest
If police block in a car and approach with guns drawn, the driver should not assume that he is under arrest, the Louisiana’s Court of Appeal ruled last Thursday.
Florida: Palm Beach police probed for writing too many tickets
In response to complaints from town residents who believe rules on the tiny island should be different, police officers are being investigated and fired for writing too many traffic tickets.
Washington D.C.: D.C. speed cameras profiting big as more get installed
The amount of revenue that the District is bringing in from speed cameras is staggering, and even some D.C. Council members are admitting that the city is balancing its budget on the backs of drivers.
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