law Tag

With a price tag of $1,500, Google Glass is not exactly aiming at the mass market. Presumably as it completes its beta stage testing and the software is tweaked, the finished product will have a more accessible retail price. But this is not the only wearable technology in the pipeline. There are already so-called smart watches and others are working on integrating hardware devices into clothing and accessories. The problem for lawmakers is to decide what controls, if any, are needed to maintain a reasonable level of safety on ourRead More

Posted On August 20, 2014By adminIn What's the news?

Retrain the driving instructors

In Colorado, the law was changed in an effort to give greater protection to cyclists. Under the old law, those rash enough to venture on to the public roads were required to stay as far to the right as practicable. The reality was that cyclists were considered a nuisance and expected to keep out of the way of all motorized riders and drivers. But in 2009, the law was changed. Now cyclists are entitled to ride and take up whatever position on the road they feel is safest. As andRead More
As with any major industry, there has to be a representative body to speak out if there are problems and, when necessary, to lobby for changes. Nationally, America cannot survive without an effective distribution system. It’s a big country and there are a multiplicity of goods to move. That’s why we should all sit up and take notice when the American Trucking Associations (ATA) warns we need another 30,000 truck drivers right now. Now you may think that’s not a large number to recruit, but there are problems. Because ofRead More
To understand the problem, we need to go back in time to early England. Like all states, they had a crime problem and not that many people employed to catch the criminals. So the lawmakers of the day slowly began to increase the penalties. They hoped to deter people through the fear of what would happen to them if they were caught. But the problem was most thinking criminals did not believe they would be caught so increasing the punishment did not deter them. At first, only the most seriousRead More

Posted On July 9, 2014By adminIn What's government doing?

Should you fit a dashcam?

If you go back even ten years, the idea of fitting a camera in your vehicle to produce a permanent record of what’s happening in its line of sight would only have been for the rich. The standard cameras retailed at hundreds of dollars, had limited recording time, and were quite fragile—an inconvenience if there was an accident and the driver then discovered the vital evidence had been lost. Only some law enforcement departments invested taxpayer dollars. Their recordings became vital evidence, particularly in roadside sobriety tests. Today, the averageRead More

Posted On June 17, 2014By adminIn Insurance

Is suing the best answer?

The boundary line between the law and politics is often difficult to define. When politicians make laws, they are turning policy into enforceable rights. When courts enforce those rights, they are giving rights to ordinary citizens. It’s a top-down approach to empowering ordinary people. But sometimes, the outcome in the courts is unpredictable. So, for example, a case in Eugene, Oregon, was started by two teens against Governor John Kitzhaber. Concerned they might not have a future to look forward to if climate change proves to be real, they hadRead More

Posted On May 26, 2014By adminIn People and what they drive

Why have speed limits?

People who ask this question usually have a political agenda. They want to argue the local or state government is using the fines to pad out the state budget. The more police issue tickets, the smaller the deficit. These people almost always assert they are good drivers. They claim never to have had an accident. They say they are safe driving at high speeds. They think speed limits are for the poor drivers. The problem with this argument is that it ignores all the evidence. No matter which country youRead More

Posted On March 27, 2014By adminIn What's the news?

When are you driving?

This should be a no-brainer question, right? This is where you point the vehicle in the direction you want to go, press on the gas pedal and brakes to control the speed, and turn the steering wheel. So here comes a case from South Dakota. Donald Nekolite was drinking in Canistota in September 2012. Knowing he was going to be unsafe to drive, he had appointed his girlfriend to drive him home. She had the ignition key. Realizing he’d left his second pack of cigarettes in the pickup outside, heRead More
Laws are laws and there to be enforced. Except over the last twenty years, there’s been little appetite to enforce many of the laws against the larger corporations. The federal and state authorities have preferred to give the companies no more than token penalties if they were too obviously caught in the wrong. Then a few crusading DAs began to take on some of the big boys. Slowly this has changed the landscape so that, as the Democrats continue in power, more prosecutions are being brought by federal authorities. It’sRead More

Posted On March 18, 2014By adminIn Comment and fun

Is legislative immunity a good thing?

To understand this, we have to go deep into history — before America was invented — and look at the troubled relationship between the British Kings and the people sitting in Parliament. Of course, everything was wonderful so long as everyone agreed on policy, but what happened when the Parliamentarians disagreed with their sovereign? Well, if push came to shove, the Parliamentarians proved themselves capable of executing the King and installing a republic. Unfortunately, it didn’t take and, when Cromwell fell, there was a king back on the throne again.Read More