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NMA E-Newsletter #275: Driving in Germany—A View from the Windshield

Posted on April 21st, 2014 in , , , , , | Comments Off
Editor’s Note: In last week’s newsletter a member provided helpful insights about driving overseas. This week, NMA board member Eric Berg shares observations about driving in Germany. He makes important points regarding driver training requirements in Germany compared with those ...

NMA E-Newsletter #274: Some Observations on Driving Overseas

Posted on April 13th, 2014 in , , , , , | Comments Off
Editor’s Note: The following comments come from a longtime NMA member who has lived and traveled extensively overseas. His insights should prove valuable for anyone planning to travel abroad this summer. If you’ve driven in another country, we’d like to ...

NMA E-Newsletter #273: We Need ALPR Legislation Now

Posted on April 7th, 2014 in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off
On the heels of the NSA domestic spying scandal, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced plans in February to build a national database of motor vehicle license plate data. Not only would the system have included data collected by ...

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 #271: 2014 First Quarter Legislative Update

Posted on March 23rd, 2014 in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off
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 2014. Here’s a brief summary of the driving-related ...

NMA E-Newsletter #270: Dash Cams—A Double-Edged Sword

Posted on March 16th, 2014 in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off
We talk a lot here about how evolving technology can work for you or against you. A perfect example is the use of cell phones to record police activity during traffic stops. Even though you may be within your rights to ...

NMA E-Newsletter #269: Talk to the Hand

Posted on March 9th, 2014 in , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off
The City of Chicago stiff armed Jamal Norwood. Norwood received a red-light camera ticket for making a right-turn-on-red at the intersection of Austin Avenue and Irving Park Road at 5:31 am Dec. 6. The city claimed he didn’t come to a ...

NMA E-Newsletter #268: The Yin and Yang of Surviving a Traffic Stop

Posted on March 3rd, 2014 in , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off
It seems that more and more traffic stops these days are escalating into situations beyond the driver’s control. (See the Winter 2014 edition of Driving Freedoms --- "We Are All Suspects" --- for some jaw-dropping examples.) Knowing how to act during ...

NMA E-Newsletter #267: Getting Involved

Posted on February 23rd, 2014 in , , , , , , | Comments Off
Calls to action can take many forms but are tricky propositions. Take the launch of the NMA’s Community Support Program (CSP) last October. The goal of this grant program for NMA members was to get more people involved (and therefore the ...

NMA E-Newsletter #266: Warrantless Vehicle Searches Part 2—The “In Plain View” Doctrine

Posted on February 17th, 2014 in , , , , , , , | Comments Off
This is the final part of a two-part series on warrantless vehicle searches written by NMA Texas member Ted Levitt, who is not an attorney but who has done extensive legal research on the subject. Read Part 1 here. Please ...




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