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Study Finds Driver Cell Phone Bans Are Saving Motorcyclists’ Lives

Laws to ban or curb drivers’ use of cell phones and other handheld devices have greatly reduced the rate of fatalities for motorcyclists, according to a new study by faculty at Florida Atlantic University and the University of Miami. The …

Increased Highway Speeds in Rural Oregon Connected to More Deaths

It started almost as soon as the Oregon Department of Transportation began posting the new signs on March 1, 2016. For the first time in decades, the state was raising speed limits on some of eastern and central Oregon’s most …

Deadly Indiana Bus Stop Crash Highlights Daily Road Safety Issue

A fatal accident in northern Indiana that claimed the lives of three children attempting to board a school bus has been a wake-up call to Hoosier school districts, including those in rural areas, which are doubling up on safety awareness. …

Researchers Find ‘Smart’ Signs, Markers Help Prevent Wrong-Way Driving Crashes

Innovative traffic safety research from Florida State University, incorporating a fascinating mix of engineering and psychology, is being deployed on highways to save lives by targeting a deadly problem: wrong-way driving crashes. The statistics are alarming. Nationwide, wrong-way crashes kill …

States Continue Crackdown on Distracted Driving

Like many diligent public servants, Georgia state Representative Ed Setzler enjoys crowing about a nice, tidy highway project. In a Sept. 8 Facebook video, the Republican appeared to be doing just that from behind the wheel of a car. This …

Traffic Fatalities Fell in 2017, Trend May Continue This Year

Following two consecutive years of rising figures, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that 2017 highway fatality numbers are down. In addition, preliminary estimates for the first 6 months of 2018 appear to show that …

Distracted Drivers Put Lives in Jeopardy and Cost Consumers

Operating a motor vehicle is an essential part of our daily activities. But anything distracting a driver’s attention—phones, food, friends, or control dials—becomes deadly. It takes focus, practice and skill to safely operate a vehicle moving 80 feet per second …

King County Increases Patrols to Mark Distracted Driving Law’s 1 Year Anniversary

July 23rd one year since Governor Jay Inslee signed Washington’s Driving Under the Influence of Electronics (E-DUI) law into effect. Under the E-DUI law, drivers may not hold cell phones or watch videos while they are driving, stopped in traffic, …

Study Finds Parents Can’t Stop Texting Behind the Wheel

There has been a historic surge in U.S. traffic fatalities over the last four years as more drivers use their phones to respond to texts or scroll through Instagram feeds. Even parents can’t keep keep their hands on the wheel …

Colorado Campaigns Aim to Curb Auto-Pedestrian Deaths

Twice in a week this month in unrelated collisions, cars barreled into pedestrians on East Colfax Avenue, in Aurora, killing one man and seriously hurting another. And investigators say those two crashes are far from outliers. They’re part of a …