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In Glendale, Ariz., There’s No Going Back

Some may argue that motor vehicles are built with a reverse gear for practical reasons. But is it right to sacrifice safety for practicality? Of course, some will tell you that multiple mirrors, newfangled rear-facing cameras and old-fashioned looking over the shoulder makes it reasonably safe. But you’re driving backwards. If you were meant to do that, they’d install the seats facing that way! Glendale, Ariz., may be the only community in the United States with enough sense to legally …

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Should We Shut Down Red Light Cameras? [Poll]

Cameras at traffic intersections photograph drivers who run red lights, making sure they are ticketed. Citizen activists say these cameras do not promote safety but are primarily for making money. The founder of the Red Light Camera Protest Group points out that the yellow light at one intersection in Fremont, Calif. was increased by a fraction of a second, and the number of violations dropped by over 50 percent. But the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says its studies conclude …

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Activists Want Red Light Cameras Shut Down [Video]

  A camera at the intersection of Northgate and 27th Streets in Oakland, Calif. ambushes drivers running red lights and raises more than $3 million per year. For example, Ronald Pond received a $541 ticket because this camera caught him turning a right on red — at about 4:30 a.m. with no other traffic around. It’s a perfect example of “gotcha” government that prompts irate calls to eliminate the red light robots. Twenty-one states have red light cameras but nine …

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When Can the Police Search Your Car?

For police to legally search your car, a number of circumstances must be met. Because it is mobile and comparatively easy to dispose of, a car has fewer protections against search than a home. Your permission or a valid reason is needed. A warrant is rarely needed.   Consent Might Be Necessary If you are stopped for a routine traffic offense (not an arrest), the police officer might ask you for permission to search your car. You do not need …

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MC Hammer’s Bogus Arrest: U Can’t Top This

MC Hammer was arrested and booked on charges of “suspicion of resisting arrest” and “obstruction of an officer in performing his duties” after a run-in with a police officer in the parking lot of a shopping mall in a largely white suburb of northern California. The encounter apparently started because the car he was driving, which he does not own, had an expired registration. After giving the officer his license, the confrontation turned sour. Something tells me his driver’s license …

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