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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 #264: Why VMT Taxing Schemes are Unnecessary and Intrusive

Posted on February 3rd, 2014 in , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off
The Maryland General Assembly will consider a proposal this week to prohibit the state or local jurisdiction from imposing a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax on private vehicle owners. The measure would also prohibit the installation of GPS devices in ...

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 #242: The Myth of “No-Point” Violations

Posted on September 1st, 2013 in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off
Traffic courts and prosecutors know that many traffic defendants will happily plead guilty and pay the fine as long as no points appear on their driving record. The court exacts its pound of flesh and the driver keeps a clean ...

NMA Maryland Alert: Charles County to Refund Speed Camera Fines

Posted on August 13th, 2013 in , , , | Comments Off
The Charles County Sheriff’s Office recently announced it will issue refunds for speed camera citations issued by the camera near the Jenifer Elementary School on Berry Road in Waldorf. The camera was placed outside of the school zone and was therefore ...

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 E-Newsletter #218: Lane Courtesy Redux

Posted on March 17th, 2013 in , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »
Although all states have various forms of the “keep right unless passing” (aka “lane courtesy”) requirement in their statutes, it is rare to hear about the police actually enforcing the law against a driver who camps out in the left ...

NMA Maryland Alert: Support Bill to Ban Speed Cameras

Posted on January 24th, 2013 in , , , | No Comments »
Legislation has been introduced into the Maryland House of Delegates calling for a complete ban on the use of speed cameras throughout the state. House Bill 251 would repeal “the authority of counties and municipalities in the State to use speed monitoring ...

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 #189: The Next Wave of Ticket Cameras

Posted on August 26th, 2012 in , , , , , , , , | No Comments »
The small town of Glen Echo, Maryland (population 259) made headlines recently when its mayor proposed a unique addition to the town’s landscape: a stop sign camera mounted at the town’s only intersection. Maryland statutes don’t currently allow such cameras, so town Mayor ...




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