Court rules that Michigan can suspend driver’s licenses for unpaid fines

10 May
Railroad map prepared by the Michigan Railroad Commission, circa 1876.The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled Michigan is allowed to suspend a driver's license over unpaid fines, something opponents argue disproportionately affects poorer people. Reuters reported on the ruling in a Wednesday report after the court ruled 2-1 in favor of suspending driver's licenses to uphold court orders and pay collect...

Cities react to ruling against chalking parked cars

9 May
Parking MeterCities in the U.S. have had different reactions to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit's ruling in April that tire chalking—a practice used for decades to enforce parking limits—is unconstitutional. The Washington Post reported Monday that the city of Saginaw, Michigan, has already asked the court to reconsider its ruling...

Tire chalking to enforce parking spot time limits ruled unconstitutional

23 Apr
Parking MeterTire chalking, the practice many cities and police departments use to measure the amount of time a car has been in a parking spot, was ruled unconstitutional on Monday. According to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, where Judge Bernice Bouie Donald wrote the unanimous verdict for the three-judge panel, tire chalking is a form of...

Colorado could make winter tires, AWD, or chains mandatory on Interestate 70

13 Apr
2018 Subaru Winter Sporting eventMotorists traveling through Colorado could face penalties this fall for traveling a section of Interstate 70 in winter without all-wheel drive, winter tires, or snow chains. The Colorado Sun reported Monday that a bill in the state would require drivers to have prepared for winter weather to travel on I-70 between Morrison and Glenwood Springs, a...

NYPD calls on Google and Waze to stop sharing DUI checkpoints

12 Feb
Waze iconsThe New York Police Department asked Google's crowd-sourced Waze navigation app to remove the ability to pinpoint where police and checkpoints for drunk driving are located. The department sent a letter to Google that said Waze's ability to show DUI checkpoints impairs the the police department's ability to keep other drivers safe. Streetsblog...

NTSB recommends lowering drunk-driving threshold

6 Feb
U.S. Navy drunk driving deterrence displayIn the National Transportation Safety Board’s annual "Most Wanted" list, the government organization called on all states to move to a .05 blood alcohol content (BAC) threshold to categorize drunk driving. The proposal argues for lowering the limit from the current national legal limit of .08. The NTSB said impairment behind the wheel is...

Hate distracted pedestrians? Consider moving to Honolulu

3 Aug
Distracted pedestrian, walking and textingMobile phones are great, aren't they? Twenty years ago, who could have imagined the joys of getting stuck in a group text with a dozen family members, including three or four retirees who have nothing better to do than send out barrages of LOLs and misused emojis? Who dared to envision the excitement that would come with instant notifications from...

Congress keeps self-driving big rigs in the slow lane (but for how long?)

1 Aug
Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 concept, 2014 Hannover Commercial Vehicle ShowThere are certain things that most Americans agree on nowadays. For example: Global warming is real and is caused by human activities. Smoking and second-hand smoke are both harmful. Congress is a complete and utter crapfest. Another thing we accept: autonomous cars are coming, whether we like it or not. (And no, some folks do not like it at all.)...

Congress kills border tax that could have piled thousands on to new car prices

27 Jul
Workers assemble a Fiat 500 in Toluca, MexicoCongressional leaders have signaled that they will scrap a border tax on incoming goods, including cars, as part of a larger tax overhaul proposal. "While we have debated the pro-growth benefits of border adjustability, we appreciate that there are many unknowns associated with it and have decided to set this policy aside in order to advance tax...