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Smartphones Are Killing Americans, But Nobody’s Counting

Jennifer Smith doesn’t like the term “accident.” It implies too much chance and too little culpability. A “crash” killed her mother in 2008, she insists, when her car was broadsided by another vehicle while on her way to pick up …

Distracted Driving Gets Worse With More Tech-Crammed Cars

The infotainment technology that automakers are cramming into the dashboard of new vehicles is making drivers take their eyes off the road and hands off the wheel for dangerously long periods of time, an AAA study says. The study released …

Cooler Temps Prompt Police Warning of Increased Pedestrian Risk

As the season changes and the days grow shorter, law enforcement and safety officials are reminding motorists and pedestrians that fall is one of the most dangerous times of the year for people to cross streets and roads. The advisory …

Majority of Drivers Say Distracted Driving Should Be Illegal, Yet Still Do it

A new Progressive Insurance study shows about one third of drivers feel confident in their own ability to text and drive, yet the majority believe distracted driving is the biggest cause of auto accidents and more than 90 percent say …

Maine High Court Clarifies Distracted Driving Requirements

Law enforcement officials don’t have to show what specifically distracted a driver before a fatal chain-reaction crash, the state supreme court ruled, providing important guidance to law enforcement at a time when distracted drivers are a major concern. The Maine …

Eclipse Excitement Overshadowed by Safety Concerns

Sold out hotels, viewing parties and special media coverage will culminate on Monday, August 21, when a total solar eclipse will be visible across the entire U.S. But along with the excitement comes safety concerns, according to various government agencies. …

Insurer Reports Motorcycle Crashes Spike in August

The last month of summer could bring a spike in motorcycle claims, according to American Modern Insurance Group. The insurer reports that of the 60,400 motorcycles it insures, 570 were involved in crashes in August 2015 and 2016. Many motorcycle …

New York Eyes ‘Textalyzer’ as Tool to Bust Drivers Using Phones

Police in New York state may soon have a high-tech way of catching texting drivers: a device known as a “textalyzer” that allows an officer to quickly check if a phone has been in use before a crash. Democratic Gov. …

NTSB Says More Speed Cameras Needed to Cut Road Deaths

A U.S. safety watchdog called for broader use of traffic cameras to catch speeding drivers, as it said driving too fast is an under-reported cause of traffic fatalities. Inconsistent reporting by law enforcement causes the factor to go under-reported, according …

Massachusetts Senate Bill Calls for Hands-Free Cellphone Use by Drivers

The Massachusetts Senate is considering a bill that would require drivers to put down their cellphones while behind the wheel. Under the measure scheduled for debate on Thursday, motorists would only be allowed to use their cellphones, or other electronic …