Inmate Driver’s License Proposed in Alabama

Inmate Driver’s License Proposed in Alabama

An inmate driver’s license would become a reality in Alabama if a sweeping bill to reform the state’s troubled prison system is enacted into law. The bill was approved by a House Committee last Thursday, moving it closer to passage by the full house. Among other changes, the bill would authorize an inmate driver’s license as soon as the inmate leaves prison. The license would be a limited form of … Read More

Chris Christie Opposes Undocumented Drivers

Chris Christie Opposes Undocumented Drivers

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Wednesday re-stated his opposition to licensing undocumented drivers on a talk radio show. Governor Christie, who is expected to announce his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination, seemed to confuse an undocumented driver’s license with a traditional form of identification.

“It is the single most important form of identification, it gets you on to airplanes…all the things that you need to do to identify yourself

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“Cannibuster” Promises Roadside Marijuana Test

“Cannibuster” Promises Roadside Marijuana Test

The “Cannibuster” has been a long time in the making. A roadside marijuana test has been the holy grail of law enforcement for some time now, and researchers at the University of Akron believe they have invented it. Unlike testing for alcohol–which can be done at roadside with a simple breath test–quantifying the amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in a driver’s system has required a blood test and a much … Read More

ACLU App Uploads, Preserves Videos of Cops

ACLU App Uploads, Preserves Videos of Cops

An ACLU App for your smartphone promises to change the very nature of police-citizen interaction.

Reported today by the L.A. Times, the ACLU of California has released the app this morning. Called Mobile Justice CA, the ACLU app allows a citizen to send recordings directly to the ACLU, ensuring that video of potential police misconduct is preserved, even if their cellphone is tampered with or destroyed. This follows on … Read More

Private DMVs Spring Up in Arizona

Private DMVs Spring Up in Arizona

Arizona joins a growing list of other states in making driver’s licenses available at privately owned businesses. The new offices across Arizona are part of an effort by the Arizona Department of Transportation to privatize some of its services. The move brings to 14 the number of private DMVs operating in Arizona now. These businesses offer many of the same services as the state, but often at two to five … Read More

DUI Video Recordings Irk Prosecutors

DUI Video Recordings Irk Prosecutors

DUI video recordings during arrests have been mandatory in South Carolina since 1998. Every DUI arrest must be recorded from start to finish–including any breath test the motorist agrees to take. Apparently the law is hindering prosecution efforts, because two bills currently pending in the South Carolina legislature aim to lessen the importance of the video recordings.

In typical prosecutor fashion, Barry Barnette, the chief prosecutor for Spartanburg and … Read More