U.S. House Passes Sweeping Autonomous Car Bill

U.S. House Passes Sweeping Autonomous Car Bill

The U.S. House today unanimously approved a sweeping proposal to speed the deployment of self-driving cars without human controls and bar states from blocking autonomous vehicles.

The bill now goes to the Senate and would allow automakers to obtain exemptions to deploy up to 25,000 vehicles without meeting existing auto safety standards in the first year, a cap that would rise to 100,000 vehicles annually over three years.… Read More

California Eliminates Bail in Traffic Cases

California Eliminates Bail in Traffic Cases

Bail in traffic cases has long been a bone of contention between defense attorneys and superior courts. Here’s how it works.

A motorist gets a speeding ticket and wants to fight it. She goes down to the courthouse to request a trial, and the clerk tells her she must pay $370 “bail” in order to secure a trial date. This practice is flatly unconstitutional, but has been imposed by almost … Read More

DUI Drivers in Colorado Slow to Catch On

DUI Drivers in Colorado Slow to Catch On

DUI drivers in Colorado have been slow to catch on to the state’s new felony DUI law, which made fourth offense DUIs a felony in the Centennial State beginning last month.

The story of David Randall Nance is typical of DUI drivers in Colorado arrested under the new law. Colorado Springs police arrested Nance for DUI two weeks ago following a car crash. Nance had eight prior “DUI-related convictions” … Read More

Bill Would License 18-year-olds for Big Rigs

Bill Would License 18-year-olds for Big Rigs

According to Forbes magazine, truck driving is one of the country’s ten deadliest jobs. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, teens are the country’s deadliest drivers. And Congress will soon put them together if it passes a new rider to the federal highway construction bill.

True, teens are already able to drive big rigs within most states in the Union. Currently, however, federal law prevents them … Read More

Illinois IIDs for All DUIs

Illinois IIDs for All DUIs

Illinois IIDs will be required for all DUI offenders if the Illinois Legislature has its way. House Bill 1377 will require all motorists convicted of DUI in the Prairie State to install an breath alcohol ignition interlock device in any vehicle they drive. The bill was passed unanimously by the Illinois House and Senate, and Governor Bruce Rauner is expected to sign it.

If the Illinois IIDs bill becomes law, … Read More