This Louisiana Town Runs Largely on Traffic Fines; If You Fight Your Ticket, the Mayor Is Your Judge
Fenton, population 226, brings in over $1 million per year through its mayor’s court, an unusual justice system in which the mayor can serve as judge even though he’s responsible for town finances. A new investigation explores the problems with this unconventional system.
Is Safety Really Calif. DOT’s ‘Top Priority’?
“No one at Caltrans should be using the word ‘safety’ while [their] engineers continue to condescend to the families of the dead victims of [their] roadway designs.”
Op-Ed: Why Is Fare Evasion Punished More Severely than Speeding?
A.B. 819 offers California the opportunity to decriminalize fare evasion and replace punitive measures with more equitable approaches.
CA Legislature Passes Speed Camera Bill
Now it's up to Governor Newsom to sign it.
How Some Traffic Fines and Fees Can Make Our Roads More Dangerous
A new book explores why America's revenue-focused approach to traffic policing isn't making streets safer, while harming the vulnerable people who get caught in its trap.
How D.C. Is Sending Its Most Dangerous Drivers a Message
Can a simple letter in the mail get a dangerous motorists to drive more safely even when fines have failed to slow them down?
Temp Tags Begone! After Streetsblog Investigation, Texas Eliminates Paper License Plates
Texas will eliminate temporary license plates — the paper versions of real plates that nefarious dealers and outright crooks around the country are selling to drivers to avoid speed cameras, commit other vehicular crimes or simply to keep driving if they lack insurance or a driver's license.