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NMA E-Newsletter #296: Politicizing the BAC Debate Thwarts Finding Real Solutions

Posted on September 14th, 2014 in , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off
By a Massachusetts NMA Member I've been impressed with NMA's diligence for years now, but I think you might need to take a closer look at slide three of the presentation at http://www.alcoholstats.com/uploads/DrunkDrivingStatistics.pdf before jumping into the politicized waters surrounding DUI and the ...

NMA E-Newsletter #295: Cutting through the Emotional Rhetoric

Posted on September 7th, 2014 in , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off
Editor’s Note: The ticket camera companies are masters at exploiting the public’s emotional responses to traffic accidents and fatalities. Nothing like conjuring up a little fear and outrage to sell a few “safety” cameras, especially when the potential victims are ...

NMA E-Newsletter #294: Numbers Don’t Lie, People Do

Posted on August 31st, 2014 in , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off
We call it Competing Studies Syndrome. One study says red-light cameras significantly reduce accidents. Another says they have no effect, and still another says they actually increase accidents. Why so much conflicting information? An analysis published last month in The Journal ...

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 #292: Passing the Sniff Test

Posted on August 17th, 2014 in , , , , | Comments Off
The civil forfeiture racket is never far from the headlines these days, and thanks to the ubiquitous use of drug sniffing dogs, it’s easier than ever for police to shakedown motorists and get away with it. Here’s how the scam works: ...

NMA E-Newsletter #291: How Much Does Your State Divert Federal Highway Funding To Transit Projects?

Posted on August 10th, 2014 in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off
This week we wrap up our examination of the three equal-weighted metrics that comprise the State Fiscal Responsibility scoring in the recent NMA report, “Motorists Beware: Ranking the States That Treat You Worst.” Part 1 (Legislative Interference with Transportation Planning, ...

NMA E-Newsletter #290: How Well the States Apply Your Road-User Fees

Posted on August 3rd, 2014 in , , , | Comments Off
Or how poorly the states spend your money, depending on the level of cynicism you have built up as a taxed-and-surcharged driver over the years. Last week (Legislative Interference with Transportation Planning, #289) we took a look at the first ...

NMA E-Newsletter #289: Legislative Interference with Transportation Planning

Posted on July 27th, 2014 in , , , , | Comments Off
The states are experts at spending your money. Mind you, they don’t spend it efficiently or constructively, but boy can they spend it. When we put together our Memorial Day rankings of the states by how they treat motorists, one of ...

NMA E-Newsletter #288: A Horse of a Different Color

Posted on July 22nd, 2014 in , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off
AAA, formerly known as the American Automobile Association, was founded in 1901 to lobby for driver and passenger rights, fair laws, and safer vehicles. It has long since morphed into an insurance and financial services giant. If there is any ...

NMA E-Newsletter #287: 2014 Second Quarter Legislative Update

Posted on July 13th, 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 second quarter of 2014. Here’s a brief summary of the driving-related ...




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