Archive for February, 2010
hieves took two cars this morning when the owners left the cars running unattended while they warmed up.
The first theft occurred about 6:45 a.m. in the 8300 Block of Woodward Street. The owner left a gold Kia running.
About 10 minutes later, thieves took a red 1998 Monte Carlo from the 8400 Block of Carter Street.
In both cases, the owners didnâ€™t see who took their vehicles. No suspect information was available.
If you get a speeding ticket while traveling, does it stay on your record back in your home state?
We receive this question from friends and family (and readers) all the time, so we looked into how the tangled web is organized.
When it comes to how a ticket in your home state affects your driver’s license status in another state, the answer is complex and changing each year. If you want to know how much information follows you around, the quick answer is: yes it does, so watch your speed. Your unpaid speeding ticket in California, for example, will prevent you from being able to renew your Ohio driver’s license.
The more complete answer is that different information follows you different places in different ways.
Here’s how it works: There are three major databases that keep track of your driver’s license info: the National Driver Register (NDR, also referred to as the Problem Driver Pointer System (PDPS)), the Driver License Compact (DLC) and the Non-Resident Violator Compact (NRVC). None of these names sound like places at which you’d want to sit down and have dinner, do they?
The NDR: Don’t Show Up On This List
The NDR is a creation of The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which launched ten years ago. The FMCSA’s “primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries,” part of which it attempts to do by keeping track of infamous drivers, and although its name suggest commercial license holders — like truck drivers — it’s more than that. It keeps a look out on regular car drivers as well.
The National Driver Register keeps tabs on “drivers who have had their licenses revoked or suspended, or who have been convicted of serious traffic violations such as driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs.” Every state and the District of Columbia submits information to the NDR and they are obligated to check the NDR before granting any license privileges. Your name being on the NDR doesn’t hinder your getting a license, it is merely a way of keeping track of your violations. However, if your license has been suspended, revoked, or otherwise cancelled, or you’ve been reported as a problem driver in any state, there’s a very good chance your license application will get a red “Denied” stamped across it.
Here’s an example of how the NDR works. Say your home state is Pennsylvania, and you have a driver’s license there. The PA department of transportation will check the National Driver Register three and six months before you are up for renewal, and if it finds an issue in another state, such as a DUI in Florida that has not been attended to, they’ll let you know.
You would then need to resolve the issue in Florida before you could renew your license in your home state. You are still legally allowed to drive in Pennsylvania as long as your PA license is valid – you simply can’t get a new license. So, the time would be ticking.
If you are in the NDR, your record will consist of your name, gender, date of birth, license number, and the name of the state that reported you.
Anything more detailed, like a specific violation reported or information on a suspension or conviction, is not included (the reporting state holds on to that).
Various bodies can access the information, like a company that employs drivers or one that hires pilots, but the amount of information they receive might differ. An employer of drivers is notified of anything reported to the NDR in the past three years, while an airline is notified of any record from the past five years.
You have a right to find out if you’re listed in the NDR, and you can get a copy of any NDR file sent to a potential employer. This can be handy, especially for commercial drivers, because if your home state doesn’t take the necessary steps, you could be pulled over and stripped of your CDL in another state. Your state’s license issuer will have the guidelines and forms to request that information, or you can call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) directly at 202-366-4800 for more info.
The DLC and NRVC: How States Know Where You’ve Been
The way tickets themselves actually follow you are results of the Driver License Compact and the Non-Resident Violator Compact. They are agreements between some states, but both will soon get replaced by the Driver License Agreement.
All three of those items are products of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, which is “a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization developing model programs in motor vehicle administration, law enforcement and highway safety.” Think of it as a treaty organization for state bodies that deal with licensing and motor vehicle laws, with the aim of making laws, and especially punishments, more uniform across state lines.
Yet, while the AAMVA can form policy on issues such as tinted windows and laws against radar and laser detectors, it is up to an individual state to ratify and join any provision. Having been around since 1933, the body’s goal now is “one driver, one license, one record.”
Unlike the NDR, which merely notifies a state to tell you to address a problem elsewhere, the DLC effectively makes a violation in another state the equivalent of a violation in your home state.
To go back to the Pennsylvania and Florida example, if you get a ticket in Florida, the Pennsylvania DOT will assess points to your PA license. If your driving privileges are suspended in Florida, then Pennsylvania will suspend your license. The NDR only requires Pennsylvania to hold back your driving rights until you address the matter in Florida, whereas the DLC makes you pay the price for your violations in Florida no matter where you are.
The NRVC works in the same manner, but in being less onerous, it resides somewhere between the DLC and NDR. If you get a ticket in another state and don’t pay it, your home state will suspend your license until you handle the issue in the other state. However, your home state will not issue points and penalties on your license, as is the case with the DLC. On the other hand, if your home state isn’t a member of the NRVC and you get pulled over somewhere else, you might be forced immediately to post bond before you can drive again.
Naturally, this being a voluntary treaty organization, there are loopholes.
How the states process violations and which violations they take into consideration also differ: some only use it for what they consider serious offenses, some have further requirements for taking action.
For instance, Kansas, Wyoming, Minnesota, Arizona, Iowa, and South Dakota won’t record speeding tickets from other states unless they’re ten miles per hour or more over the limit. And, most importantly, violations can only be “shared” if both states have the same violation to begin with. Get pulled over for an offense in Florida that Pennsylvania hasn’t outlawed, and there’s no action taken by Pennsylvania.
The DLA: The Future (And Why You Should Be Careful Going Forward)
Closing loopholes is where the Driver License Agreement comes in, and it’s done with a bit of an iron fist. Any state becoming a party to the DLA submits to the fact that DLA regulations supercede any state law contrary to it. The DLA requires states to take action even if the home state doesn’t have the same statute under which you were ticketed.
Say you get cited for careless driving in Colorado but your home state has no such violation; in that case, your home state will look for the closest comparable citation it could issue, such as reckless driving, and assess points and penalties based on that. And the AAMVA is working to expand the DLA internationally, not only to Canada and Mexico but to Europe, Australia, and Africa as well. In the future, when you’re caught speeding to the airport in Namibia, you’ll have a hell of a time trying to renew your license in Pennsylvania.
Finally, the DLA requires all member states to make all information available to member and non-member states, and that will include information like Social Security numbers.
The DLA is in its early stages – at the moment only three states are members (Connecticut, Arkansas and Massachusetts). But there are political machines in other states lobbying to join, and it has to be looked at as inevitable that the DLA will one day come into severe force in a greater part of the nation…if not the world.
No, it won’t mean the end of the world, and on the bright side it will mean a closer end to really bad drivers maintaining their privileges. But the long arm of the law — and increasingly its keen eye — will be watching even those who amass parking tickets, not just the moving violators.
Perhaps Wez, from Mad Max: The Road Warrior, said it best: “You can run, but you can’t hide.”
These people had a problem and dealt with it. They wouldn’t take no for an answer. They wouldn’t settle for anything less. They wouldn’t be caught dead in public with the way their broken car looked, SO THEY FIXED IT!
Tuesday, February 9, 2010; 10:42 PM
TOKYO/DETROIT (Reuters) – Honda Motor Co said it would recall another 438,000 cars globally to replace an airbag deflator that could rupture and send shards toward the driver in an accident.
The move follows a separate recall of 646,000 cars less than two weeks ago for a faulty window switch that engulfed a Jazz subcompact in flames in South Africa, killing a child.
Japan’s No.2 automaker had previously filed recalls for the airbag problem on two separate occasions, in November 2008 and June 2009, covering a total 510,000 vehicles.
Ongoing investigation had determined the defect was caused by insufficient stamping pressure during the production of the inflator propellant and not by excessive moisture intake by the propellant as previously believed, Honda said.
The airbags are made by the U.S. unit of Japan’s Takata Corp, a Honda spokesman said. A Takata spokesman said the company was not aware of any defect in airbags it supplies to other automakers.
The expanded recall is concentrated in the United States, where nearly 379,000 cars are subject to the recall. All cars to be recalled globally are made at Honda’s U.S. and Canadian plants. The latest recall applies to 2001 and 2002 model-year Accord, Civic, Odyssey, CR-V, Pilot and 2002 Acura TL and CL vehicles in the United States.
The Honda spokesman said the recall would cost the company about 24 million yen ($267,000) in Japan, or about $67 a car. He declined to disclose a global estimate, but based on the per-unit cost in Japan, the global tally would come to about $30 million.
The airbag defect has been linked to one fatality and 11 injuries in the United States. There have been no reports of accidents elsewhere, Honda said.
The move comes at a time when Honda’s bigger rival Toyota Motor Corp has come under intense scrutiny from U.S. safety regulators. Toyota has launched the biggest recall in its history and faces criticism that it was slow to respond to safety issues.
Honda said it had brought the safety issue to the attention of the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and had notified regulators of the decision to include additional vehicles in its recall.
The NHTSA contacted Honda in August 2009 as part of a review into whether the automaker had acted in a timely way in announcing its broadened recall.
John Mendel, Honda’s U.S. chief, told reporters on a conference call that the NHTSA review had not been concluded.
Shares of Honda were down 0.2 percent on Wednesday afternoon in Tokyo, underperforming gains in most other auto stocks and the broader market. The Nikkei share average rose 1 percent.
Takata shares fell 1.6 percent.
But analysts noted that automakers regularly make recalls, and said media coverage of recent cases had been somewhat overblown.
“While the way automakers handle recalls is important, I think people should be careful not to overreact to every single recall,” said Yoshihiko Tabei, chief analyst at Kazaka Securities in Tokyo.
“Rather, my concern for the auto industry is their earnings for the next financial year, given the absence of the boost they enjoyed from government incentives this year,” he said.
Honda last week lifted its annual guidance far beyond market expectations.
(Additional reporting by Taiga Uranaka; Editing by Chris Gallagher)
A seized car bought at a police auction has landed the new driver in jail on drug charges, according to the driver.
Last September, Nancy Manchaca bought her 22-year-old son, Manuel Coronado, a car at a police auction so that he could get to and from class.
“He’s a college student. So, you know, I help him out as much as I can, help him get a car so that he can go to school,” said Manchaca.
Coronado was driving the car on Friday when he had a blowout and crashed into a truck along state Highway 121. The collison ruptured the dashboard and, much to Coronado’s surprise, out popped 21 individually-wrapped bags of heroin.
When officers arrived at the scene of the crash, Coronado was arrested on a charge of drug possession with the intent to distribute. He was later released after his mother posted a $20,000 bail.
“As soon as they arrested me, they just threw me right in the car and I had, after that, no say so,” said Coronado.
Coronado said he had no idea there were drugs in the car and believes whoever owned the vehicle before it was seized had stored the drugs in the dashboard.
A likely story that the Fort Worth police agree is plausible. Officials with the department said they visually inspect every seized car before the cars go to auction, but acknowledge that if the drugs are hidden well enough they could go undiscovered.
“We didn’t think about searching the car since we bought it at the police impound,” said Manchaca.
Aside from Manchaca and Coronado, the situation leaves many wondering why police didn’t further search the seized car with drug-sniffing dogs before releasing it to the auction and the general public. So far, officials have released no further statement regarding the car or the procedure for insuring the safety of the cars sold at auction.
Police said Coronado’s case is under investigation and the charges may be dropped. At this time, Coronado is unable to get his car out of the auto pound since it is now part of a narcotics investigation.
Here are a few cars that, unless you are a car-obsessed enthusiast, will be a challenge to identify.
No idea what type of cars these are and want to know? Too bad cuz’ we have no idea either.
And did you know they make cars for midgets?