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Agency Study: Traffic Crashes Cost US Society $340 Billion in 2019

U.S. auto safety regulators said Tuesday in a landmark report that motor vehicle crashes, which are rising fast, cost American society $340 billion in 2019. In a comprehensive economic impact study, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) examined the …

New Data Suggests Dangerous Driving Trend Is Slowing, Slightly

Preliminary traffic data provides some hope that a rash of unsafe driving habits spawned by traffic-free roads during COVID-19 business shutdowns is beginning to abate. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that for the second quarter of 2022, from …

Viewpoint: More Sweeping Cellphone Laws Reduce Crash Rates

It’s common knowledge that texting while driving is illegal in most places. But what about tapping the screen of your cellphone to accept a faster route suggested by Google Maps? What if your phone is mounted on the dashboard? What …

Drivers Speeding Less but More Distracted Than Ever, CMT Report Says

US motorists have eased their feet off their gas pedals a bit since the height of the pandemic, but their eyes are on the road a lot less, according to a new report by Cambridge Mobile Telematics. The company, which …

6 Students Killed in Oklahoma Crash Were in Car That Seats 4

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Six teenage girls on a high school lunch break were killed when their small car with only four seats collided with a large truck hauling rocks, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Wednesday. The crash occurred shortly …

Progressive Says Technology Pulling Auto Safety in Opposite Directions

While automakers are making progress in including lifesaving automatic safety devices with their latest vehicles, advances in another kind of technology may be having the opposite effect on auto safety. According to a new report by Progressive, the increasing availability …

Auto Group Backs Guidelines For Partially Automated Vehicles

DETROIT (AP) — The trade association representing most major automakers is offering guidelines for manufacturers to advertise partially automated driving systems and to make sure drivers are paying attention while using them. The Alliance for Automotive Innovation says its members …

Amazon Plans AI-Powered Cameras in Delivery Vans to Improve Safety

Amazon.com has revealed plans to install AI-powered video cameras in its branded delivery vans, in a move that the world’s largest e-commerce firm says would improve safety of both drivers and the communities in which they deliver. The company recently …

Tesla’s Autopilot, Cell Phone Use Blamed in 2018 Fatal Crash

U.S. crash investigators faulted Tesla Inc.’s Autopilot system and the driver’s distraction by a mobile device for a fatal accident in 2018 and called on Apple Inc. and other mobile phone makers to do more to keep motorists’ attention on …

Some Leery of Higher Fines On Georgia Drivers Using Phones

ATLANTA — Georgia drivers could face tougher penalties for using their cell phones while driving, although some lawmakers are leery of setting higher fines. The House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee heard testimony Monday on House Bill 113, but …