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Dec 26, 2012 - Car Accidents

FEDERAL SAFETY OFFICIAL SAYS IN-VEHICLE DATA RECORDERS “ESSENTIAL”

By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, December 26, 2012. The head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is not mincing any words: The government must have access to information about your driving habits and personal vehicle to keep everyone safe. David Strickland told the Detroit News that his agency backs calls from other regulators for mandatory in-vehicle data recorders for crash investigations, and he promises the government will absolutely protect everyone’s privacy. The idea of government investigators collecting information in this fashion, without a search warrant or other legal need beyond a federal regulation, leaves a lot of people interested in their personal privacy uneasy. Some have suggested a driver-controlled switch that could shut the recorders off but Strickland is firm in his opposition; it would be a “horrible thing for safety.” Strickland believes concerns about data recorders are overblown and besides, cars have been storing information in their computer systems for a couple of decades now. They don’t record everything, he says, and they don’t track your location, at least not yet. How hard would it be to advance the argument that knowing the exact location of a wreck could lead to road and intersection safety improvements? NHTSA wants recorders made mandatory in 2014, and will specify what they record and how long the data is retained. The American Automobile Association and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which represents the auto industry, are demanding privacy protections when the regulations are […]

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Jan 16, 2009 - Estate Planning

Important Reminder to LVT Clients (2009)

We appreciate the opportunity to represent you as your Living Trust estate planning attorneys. This letter is a reminder of the essential implementation and maintenance steps you need to carry out, now that your Living Trust is in effect. As we discussed previously, in order for your Living Trust to function properly, you should do the following View PDF

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