The Zipper Merge—Coming to a Construction Zone near You Part 2, Readers Comments: oos E-Newsletter #501

The Oostwestthuisbest received some thoughtful comments from readers like you and thought we should share them.  If you missed reading Part 1, click HERE.  I’m glad one more place seems to have figured this out. Many other places have not. People get the idea that others who are using an open lane to a […]

The Not-So-Hidden Cost of Vision Zero: oos E-Newsletter #500

The implementation of Vision Zero programs, with the goal of eliminating all traffic fatalities through various means including reducing vehicle speed and movement, is spreading to many U.S. cities seemingly without concern for cost. If Vision Zero had a goal of minimizing road deaths rather than the unrealistic plan to eliminate them all (as if […]

The Zipper Merge—Coming to a Construction Zone near You: oos E-Newsletter #499

From Montana Member Bob Morrow The most controversial, or more accurately the least understood, highway driving maneuver sanctioned by transportation experts is the zipper merge. It is a method of combining two streams of traffic into one when there is a lane restriction ahead, such as in a construction zone. Invariably some drivers think that […]

The Push for Civil Asset Forfeiture Heating Up

Momentum is building behind one of the oos’s most important legislative initiatives: Enacting civil asset forfeiture (CAF) laws to prevent law enforcement agencies from seizing (and profiting from) the property of citizens ─ often motorists ─ who have not been convicted of an underlying crime. Under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Department of Justice has […]

Standing Up for Yourself: oos E-Newsletter #498

The most frequent encounter the public has with law enforcement is during a traffic stop. The interaction can be a frightening experience with ever changing dynamics that can seem surreal at best. Motorist Adam Finley in Arkansas found out this the hard way in December 2016 when he was stopped by Officer Matthew Mercado of […]