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NMA E-Newsletter #293: An Overview of Open Container Laws

Posted on August 24th, 2014 in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off
With Labor Day just around the corner, many of us will hit the road for one last road trip before summer turns to fall. One often overlooked and misunderstood hazard of this endeavor concerns so-called open container laws. This becomes ...

NMA E-Newsletter #272: Of Pretzel Logic and E-Cigarettes

Posted on March 31st, 2014 in , , , , , , , , | Comments Off
Jason Dewing’s story has a surreal quality to it. Well, it did take place in traffic court so anything is possible. Dewing was stopped by an Upstate New York police officer for driving while using his cell phone. Only he wasn’t ...

NMA E-Newsletter #251: Usefulness Takes a Backseat to Technology and the Law

Posted on November 3rd, 2013 in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off
Did you rush out and buy the latest and greatest iPhone, the 5S model, as soon as it became available last month?  If so, this newsletter is for you.  Actually, since smartphone technology typically follows in Apple’s footsteps, everyone who ...

NMA E-Newsletter #224: Justified—or Not

Posted on April 29th, 2013 in , , , , , , | Comments Off
Public officials often use traffic engineering reports to justify policies motivated more by political expediency than by concern for public safety. In a recent three-part series for the NMA Blog (linked below), NMA Massachusetts Activist John Carr analyzes how misguided ...

NMA E-Newsletter #222: 2013 First Quarter Legislative Update

Posted on April 14th, 2013 in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »
The NMA continues to advocate for motorists’ rights at the national, state and local level. Legislatures across the country took up a broad range of motorists’ issues in the first quarter of 2013. Here’s a brief summary of the driving-related ...

NMA Connecticut Alert: Bill Would Increase Maximum Speed Limit to 75 mph

Posted on February 6th, 2013 in , , , | No Comments »
A bill has been introduced into the Connecticut General Assembly to raise the speed limit on Connecticut’s highways from 65 mph to 75 mph. House Bill 5553 would also increase fines associated with speeding by 15 percent. HB 5553 is currently under consideration in the ...

NMA E-Newsletter #208: Seven Years Later, Real ID Still Real Stuck

Posted on January 6th, 2013 in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »
Just before the holidays, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a press release commending the states that have met the requirements of the Real ID Act of 2005 for driver’s licenses and identification cards. In the wake of 9/11, ...

NMA E-Newsletter #198: I Spy With My Little Eye

Posted on October 28th, 2012 in , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »
Over the last few years, the NMA has called attention to the problems associated with bans on cell phone use and texting while driving. Studies find that bans simply don’t reduce accidents, and drivers don’t pay attention to them. Plus ...

NMA E-Newsletter #182: 2012 Second Quarter Legislative Update

Posted on July 8th, 2012 in , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »
The NMA continues to advocate for motorists’ rights at the national, state and local level. Legislatures across the country took up a broad range of motorists’ issues in the second quarter of 2012. Here’s a brief summary of the driving-related ...

NMA Connecticut Alert: Stop Red-Light Camera Bill Now

Posted on April 19th, 2012 in , , , | No Comments »
The bill to bring red-light cameras to Connecticut (House Bill 5458) continues to march through the Connecticut General Assembly, having already cleared two legislative committees. It now moves to the Committee on Planning and Development for further consideration. From there, ...




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