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    Motorist news from around the country




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    Arizona
    (07/06) Mesa's red-light camera program will begin issuing tickets again by July 14. Tickets will be $195.

    California
    (07/06) The Assembly Transportation Committee approved SB 1613, a bill that would require motorists who talk on their cell phones to use a headset while driving.

    (07/06) The California Supreme Court extended the authority of police to search both the driver and passengers of vehicles in traffic stops, even when the basis of the search is nothing more than a missing front license plate. The court found that a passenger is not "seized" by a traffic stop and can ignore the police and leave the vehicle at any time.

    (06/06) According to a recent California Supreme Court decision, police may enter homes without warrants to arrest those suspected of driving under the influence. A lone dissenting justice said the majority handed authorities a "free pass" to unlawfully enter private homes and arrest people without warrants.

    Colorado
    (06/06) The state senate just approved SB 138, which would mandate that 75 percent of the gasoline sold in the state during the winter contain at least 10 percent ethanol. It would also provide tax credits to encourage the E85 blends and the production of ethanol from nontraditional sources, such as trees and grasses. The House Agriculture, Livestock, and Natural Resources Committee is currently considering the bill.

    Illinois
    (06/06) Photo-radar vans have made their debut in Chicago-area work zones. The vans are currently being used along the Dan Ryan and Kingery Expressways as well as portions of the Tri-State Tollway in construction zones with 45-mph speed limits. Speed violations in work zones result in a $375 fine for the first offense and a startling $1,000 plus a 90-day driver's license suspension for subsequent violations. The photo-radar vans are used only when workers are present.

    (06/06) SB 1221 was signed into law. This would allow the police to issue a ticket to any driver for possession of a radar or laser jammer. However, police may not an officer cannot stop or search any vehicle solely on the basis of a violation or suspected violation. The fine for a first offense is $50.

    Kansas
    (06/06) A proposed Lawrence ordinance would ban the use of both hand-held cell phones and hands-free cell phone devices by motorists. This is the first proposal of its kind in the U.S.

    Kentucky
    (06/06) A bill that would have raised the state's speed limit to 70 mph died in the state legislature. The measure, HB 117, was amended to include a primary seat belt law.

    Louisiana
    (06/06) SB 158 would raise the maximum speed limit from 70 to 75 mph on stretches of Louisiana's interstate highways. The measure would also allow the state Department of Transportation and Development to raise speed limits on from 65 to 70 mph on some four-lane roads and from 55 to 65 miles per hour on stretches of some two-lane roads. The amended bill has passed the Senate, and cleared a house committee by a 6-5 margin. The full house must now approve the measure before it can go to Governor Blanco.

    Massachusetts
    (06/06) The city of Springfield is seeking proposals from private companies to install red-light cameras at various intersections. The city is asking companies to detail how they would establish a red light camera program and provide related services. The city seems unconcerned that such a program would be illegal in Massachusetts. Except for a very few specific situations, a traffic law violator must be handed a ticket in person by a police officer.

    Nebraska
    (07/06) North Platte police are researching whether they can charge motorists with child abuse if they smoke in their vehicle with children present. This is based on a recent release by the U.S. Surgeon General. "It is evident when reviewing this report that second-hand smoke around children is the most insidious form of child abuse," said North Platte Police Chief Martin Gutschenritter. "We simply did not feel we could overlook it. The fact that the injury isn't immediate, we feel is irrelevant."

    New York
    (06/06) Bars all over Nassau County are installing Wizmark Urinal Communicators in their urinals in an effort to prevent drunk driving. When in use, urinals will play this message: "You! Hey You! Having a few drinks? Then listen up! Think you had one too many? Then it's time to call a cab or call a sober friend for a ride home!"

    North Carolina
    (06/06) Charlotte has stopped its photo enforcement programs due to a recent Court of Appeals decision that dictates that 90 percent of the ticket fines must go to the school system. Rather than have to start paying for the use of these cameras, the city decided to shut the program down.

    Ohio
    (07/06) A judge has ordered the city of Girard to shut down its speed camera system. The judge ruled that the city illegally changed traffic violations from the criminal code to a civil infraction in order to use the cameras.

    Tennessee
    (06/06) Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell has proposed a city budget that calls for traffic ticket revenue to increase by 33 percent next year which will equate to an extra $6 million.

    Utah
    (07/06) Due to a new ordinance passed by the City Council, Ogden police will need to write double the amount of tickets in order to score higher on evaluation criteria. This criteria will be used to determine the pay raise for each officer.

    Virginia
    (06/06) Governor Kaine has signed into law a bill that provides motorists basic protections against the misuse of "black box" data retrieved from their vehicles. Under the new law data cannot be accessed by anyone other than the vehicle owner unless they have the owner's permission or a court order. The bill also specifically addresses the concern that motorists might be penalized for refusing to disclose "black box" data to their insurance company.

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    Re: Motorist news from around the country

    Is the NMA forum making a comeback? ;D

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    Re: Motorist news from around the country

    We'll be linking/working with NMA - and Gail Morrison is returning as Mistress of Ticket Fighting!

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    Re: Motorist news from around the country

    Do you want any news from downunder?...Unfortunately we don just have the one motoring body as in the AAA ours are all state based...to stubborn to unite as one.
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    Re: Motorist news from around the country

    Sure!

    We're international as far as anything car-bike related is concerned; anything you think folks might be interested in, please post. I'd love to have several of us (not just me!) fishing for good stuff to post that would be news/of interest to others here....

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