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megimoo
05-21-2009, 08:08 PM
Group Identifies States Least and Most Friendly to Motorists

The five states where motorists will find the most fair treatment are
Wyoming,
Idaho,
Montana,
Nebraska
Kentucky.
View the full list on the NMA website.

The National Motorists Association (NMA) yesterday rated all fifty states based on their friendliness toward the motoring public. By analyzing laws and speed trap patterns, the group measured each state's dependence on the motoring public as a source of state and local revenue.

"It is not exactly a well kept secret that many traffic laws, enforcement practices and traffic courts are more about generating revenue and political posturing than they are about traffic safety," NMA President Jim Baxter said in a statement. "During holidays, like the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, we're bombarded with messages about intensified enforcement, 'click it or ticket,' and horrendous fines when in fact most vacation-related traffic accidents are caused my inattention, distraction and fatigue. However, these are accident causes that don't generate much in the way of government revenue, so instead our highways are overrun with unmarked police cars and ticket cameras."

The following were the top-ten worst states from the motorist's perspective:
New Jersey
Ohio
Maryland
Louisiana
New York
Illinois
Delaware
Virginia
Washington
Massachusetts
New Jersey was singled out for being the first to create a "driver responsibility" speeding ticket tax that generated more than $1 billion in profit since 1994.

In 2007, a New Jersey judge imprisoned a motorist for a full month over traffic infractions the man did not commit.

A New Jersey appellate court convicted a man who was asleep in a legally parked truck of "driving" under the influence of alcohol (DUI).

State lawmakers even considered legislation that would have made it a crime to give the finger to another motorist.

"With its toll roads, roadblocks, and speed traps, New Jersey has left almost no stone unturned when it comes to extracting cash from motorists," NMA explained. "

The state has also recently pushed through a red-light camera pilot project at a time when many states are banning the ticket cameras because they've proven to have a negative effect on traffic safety."

The group's calculation also weighed the number of of speed traps listed on the Speed Trap Exchange website on a per capita basis. Judicial fairness was factored in by considering the availability of jury trials and trials by declaration for traffic offenses or whether mayor's courts were allowed. The list then considered whether each state had enacted punitive "feel-good" statutes such as primary seatbelt laws, helmet laws, move-over laws and cell-phone bans.

"The long-term solution to aligning legitimate public interests with government policies is to remove the money from traffic regulation, enforcement and adjudication," Baxter said. "Until that happens, the focus on revenue generation will continue to trump effective traffic regulation and ethical enforcement practices."

The five states where motorists will find the most fair treatment are Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska and Kentucky. View the full list on the NMA website.
http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/27/2783.asp

noonwitch
05-22-2009, 08:55 AM
It is well-known in Michigan that you slow down when you enter Ohio.

AlmostThere
05-22-2009, 10:52 AM
It is well-known in Michigan that you slow down when you enter Ohio.

Is this why every time I see someone with an Ohio tag, they are CRAWLING along. Our state motto in GA should be "Put your foot on the gas or get out the way" or maybe "We don't dawdle in Dixie". I dread seeing an Ohio driver in front of me.

noonwitch
05-22-2009, 03:19 PM
Is this why every time I see someone with an Ohio tag, they are CRAWLING along. Our state motto in GA should be "Put your foot on the gas or get out the way" or maybe "We don't dawdle in Dixie". I dread seeing an Ohio driver in front of me.


I've never been ticketed in Ohio. I was told by my dad that Ohio requires you to pay your ticket on site, if you are not a resident of Ohio. I don't know if that is true, or if Dad was just trying to make me be careful when I went to Cedar Point.


Ohio State Troopers are widely known for being ruthless with speeders.

djones520
05-22-2009, 05:53 PM
It is well-known in Michigan that you slow down when you enter Ohio.

Illinois is horrible like that to. They ruthlessly target out of staters, and the speed limit in 65 on the interstate. Every state it borders is 70.

Rockntractor
05-22-2009, 06:03 PM
This recession is going to turn into an all out war against citizens. It’s time to start sharpening up the guillotines!

Water Closet
05-22-2009, 06:52 PM
[SIZE="4"][I]Group Identifies States Least and Most Friendly to Motorists

[U]The five states where motorists will find the most fair treatment are

State Rank in Traffic Deaths per capita 2006
Wyoming, 7
Idaho, 14
Montana, 1
Nebraska 27
Kentucky. 12

The following were the top-ten worst states from the motorist's perspective:

State Rank in Traffic Deaths per capita 2006
New Jersey 45
Ohio 39
Maryland 35
Louisiana 2? Too much inbreeding?
New York 46
Illinois 34
Delaware 17
Virginia 36
Washington 42
Massachusetts 50
...

Facts are so inconvenient. :D

Rockntractor
05-22-2009, 07:13 PM
Facts are so inconvenient. :D
If I am reading this correctly the states that are bird dogging their citizens have the highest death rates. That would tell me that what they are doing is not working. They need to learn from the states that treat drivers fairly.

Water Closet
05-22-2009, 07:31 PM
If I am reading this correctly the states that are bird dogging their citizens have the highest death rates. That would tell me that what they are doing is not working. They need to learn from the states that treat drivers fairly.

No, you're reading it in reverse. MA, for example, has the lowest traffic death rate per capita but, according to the article, they're one of the "worst offenders" in terms of imposing traffic laws.

megimoo
05-22-2009, 10:49 PM
Facts are so inconvenient. :DThat's what the link is for CW .I assume that you are able to read ?

AmPat
05-23-2009, 11:59 AM
Now that W C has educated us, maybe we could look at the reasons for the death tolls. Perhaps the correlation isn't speeding related at all? Could the reason be something like,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,alcohol?:confused:

Personally I don't care enough to research it but, If the enforcement is at NAZI levels with no results, I suggest Einstein's insanity definition is at work.

If out of state motorists are targeted as suggested, there would be a larger than average death rate of out-of-staters.