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Colorado HB 1099 – Concerning the elimination of the use of automated vehicle identification systems for traffic law enforcement

oos Wrap Up of Legislative Activity, 2nd Quarter 2019: oos E-Newsletter #547

April, May, and June were busy months in state legislatures where many of the bills affecting motorists that were introduced in the first quarter, or carried forward from last year, were resolved. The results were a mixed bag, but the biggest victory was a special one: Governor Greg Abbott of Texas signed into law House […]

Motorists in Court—Latest Court Case Updates from Around the Country: oos E-Newsletter #544

This time of year, many state legislatures have wrapped up their yearly bills, but courts never stop. Here are just some of the cases we have been tracking. The Colorado Supreme Court recently declared that an alert by a drug-sniffing police dog to detect marijuana and other drugs no longer provides probable cause for a […]

On the 2019 Legislative Agenda–Red-Light Cameras: oos E-Newsletter #526

January and February are the heart of activity for many state legislative sessions across the country. Red-light cameras (RLCs) have certainly been the focus in a number of states. Bills in Colorado, Florida and Illinois are calling for outright bans. Legislators in Texas want to ban new camera programs while allowing existing installations to finish […]

Are Cyclists Vision Zero Zealots—Readers’ Responses: oos Weekly E-Newsletter #525

Last week, we emailed and posted on our website a guest newsletter entitled Are Cyclists Vision Zero Zealots? written by Eric Berg, an oos Board Member, an oos Life Member, an avid sport bicyclist, and a staunch defender of motorists’ rights. Readers, including some of whom (like Eric) are bicyclists, responded with interesting perspectives which […]

Ballot Decisions that Affect Motorists–2018 Version: oos E-Newsletter #513

The mid-term elections are officially over. Ballotpedia stated this week on its website that voters in 37 states decided a total of 155 statewide ballot measures. Not all, of course, were motorist related but a few certainly were. We have also included some important county or city ballot issues that asked voters to raise the […]

What’s Going on at the DMV?: oos E-Newsletter #509

For years, comedians have made fun of long lines at the DMV (Departments of Motor Vehicles), but you know what…it’s not really funny anymore. The widespread problem seems to be three-fold. ·        Short term: A number of states are now under a tight deadline to implement REAL ID and motorists must apply for one in […]

Bicycle Idaho Stops are Not Safe for Any Road User: oos Weekly E-Newsletter #504

Since 1982, Idaho has been the only state that has allowed bicyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs and stoplights as stop signs. No other state passed a similar law until 2017. Delaware now has a similar law on its book and the Idaho stop fever is starting to rise.  Colorado passed a law […]

Is a Digital Driver’s License in your Future?: oos Weekly E-Newsletter #476

Many states currently allow digital proof of insurance during a traffic stop. Will a digital driver’s license or DDL be too far behind? After several years of testing, the state of Iowa will debut later in 2018 a digital driver’s license in cooperation with “augmented identity” specialists IDEMIA, a company that works with about 80 […]

Senior Drivers in Transition: oos E-Newsletter #474

Driving is not just about mobility—fundamentally it is about independence. None of us want to lose that freedom. Age is not the only factor in the decision to drive or not to drive anymore. Studies show that giving up this lifeline increases with age a person’s likelihood of suffering from depression and eventually ending up […]

What Bugs Motorists Part 2, Your Comments: oos E-Newsletter #445

The Oostwestthuisbest received some thoughtful comments from readers like you and thought we should share them.  If you missed reading Part 1, click HERE. Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in this newsletter are those of the author. Wow! Now that is some list. I could say, “Yes”, to all of them. Thought I would add my […]

A Testament to Driver Courtesy: oos E-Newsletter #443

Though declaring June as Lane Courtesy Month allows the oos to shine a spotlight on the importance of keeping right to allow faster traffic to pass, what shouldn’t be lost in the shuffle is that lane courtesy is a 24/7/365 principle. If not practiced universally, the benefits can easily be lost. Put another way, it […]

Is Distracted Driving the new Drunk Driving? Part 1: oos E-Newsletter #433

Distracted driving of any kind can be instantly dangerous. Each April the federal and state governments conduct a public awareness campaign on the dangers of distracted driving that bombards motorists with media messages which leads to increased command-and-control enforcement. There can be many different distractions for drivers but among the most controversial is the use […]

How Policing for Profit can lead to a Debtors’ Prisons: oos E-Newsletter #429

Alexander City, Alabama has agreed to give $680,000 to nearly 200 people who were jailed because they were too poor to pay their court fines. The suit filed in September 2015 by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) claimed that the town ran “a modern-day debtors prison.” Indigent debtors served time in the municipal jail […]

Can You See Me Now? The New LED Streetlights: oos E-Newsletter #410

Many cities across the world are converting streetlights to the LED (Light-Emitting Diode) lamps which helps reduce emissions and the overall carbon footprint. Some health and safety advocates however are concerned about the type of light that LED’s emit. Most LEDs in street lamps emit a bluish light which is the similar light our phones […]

Intexicated While Driving: oos E-Newsletter #387

New York State has legislation called Evan’s Law that is winding its way through the system. It would allow law enforcement to use a textalyzer to determine if you have been on your phone while driving.  This means even hands free phone usage, texting, surfing the web, and engaging with various apps can raise flags.  […]

The March to Automation: Feedback on the Advent of Driverless Car Technology: oos E-Newsletter #384

The response to our e-newsletter of two weeks ago (Zombie Drivers – Say What?: oos E-Newsletter #382) has been considerable.  That overall interest in the topic of driverless cars is also reflected by the daily influx of related stories to the oos newsfeeds that fuel the Driving News sections of our Motorists.org state pages. Before […]

How Technology Facilitates Roadside Justice: oos E-Newsletter #379

The California Senate recently took up a bill that would let police officers use oral fluid drug screening tests to check motorists for the presence of drugs in their systems. The proposed test is administered with a handheld device that uses an oral swab to check for the presence of a variety of controlled substances […]

2015 Fourth Quarter Legislative Update: oos E-Newsletter #364

The legislative process slows down throughout the fall and into the holidays since most state legislatures have recessed for the year. Look for much more activity in the first quarter of 2016. However, we did see a few notable proposals that required our members’ attention in the fourth quarter of 2015, which we will summarize […]

oos E-Newsletter #325: 2015 First Quarter Legislative Update

The oos 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 2015. Here’s a brief summary of the driving-related issues we addressed. Arizona Supported Senate Bill 1167 which would ban red-light and speed cameras […]

oos E-Newsletter #316: Can a Driver be too Courteous?

Can a single driver influence the actions of an entire freeway full of cars? Maybe a better question is should a single driver exert such influence? Ask yourself that question as you watch the seven minute video below. In it the driver describes how he can “wipe out” traffic jams and reduce stop-and-go traffic. We’re […]

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

The oos 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 issues we addressed. California Supported Senate Bill 893 which would strengthen privacy protections pertaining to […]

oos E-Newsletter #281: Members Share Thoughts on Emerging Transportation Designs

In last week’s newsletter (#280: Can it really be Safer to Drive on the Wrong Side of the Road?) we discussed several emerging, “alternative” interchange and intersection designs: the Diverging Diamond Interchange, the Displaced Left Turn Intersection and the U-Turn Intersection. We asked if you’ve ever driven one and what you thought about them overall. […]

oos E-Newsletter #222: 2013 First Quarter Legislative Update

The oos 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 issu…

oos E-Newsletter #208: Seven Years Later, Real ID Still Real Stuck

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, you wil…

oos E-Newsletter #170: 2012 First Quarter Legislative Update

The oos is constantly advocating 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 2012. Here’s brief summary of the driving-related iss…

oos E-Newsletter #168: Diary of a Snow Tortoise

In a recent E-newsletter (#162: Slowing Down to Speed Up) we described “Operation Snow Tortoise,” the effort by Colorado Department of Transportation to improve traffic flow on a busy stretch of I-70. The operation employed police cruisers to lead…

oos E-Newsletter #162: Slowing Down to Speed Up

They call it “Rolling Speed Harmonization,” but it’s just Command and Control traffic enforcement with a more pleasant-sounding name. Rolling Speed Harmonization refers to recent efforts by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to relie…

oos E-Newsletter #152: Gotcha! When Politicians Do Good

At the oos we spend a lot of time documenting the misinformation, demagoguery and outright hypocrisy that pervade the pronouncements of public officials when it comes to red-light cameras. So when we catch politicians doing right by their constitu…

oos Email Newsletter: Issue #54

Eye In The Sky: Speed Enforcement By Air, Part 2 In Part 1 (Newsletter #53) last week, we identified nineteen states that have aviation enforcement of highway speed limits, and described some issues to be raised when combating that type of speedin…

oos Email Newsletter: Issue #21

Periodically we receive questions regarding what kinds of information a person is required to give a police officer upon demand. The review and discussion by oos member Ted Levitt (included below) is a general overview of the topic, in particular …

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