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66% of Motorists Say They Use a Cellphone While Driving

More than one-in-six drivers say they use their cellphone while driving, a new survey shows. Mercury Insurance polled 1,000 drivers who were asked to rate their driving skills and then answer a variety of questions on distracted road habits. The …

TransUnion: Police Gave Out Fewer Tickets as Highway Death Rate Climbed

At the same time as traffic fatalities increased and motorists’ driving habits deteriorated, law enforcement officers were issuing fewer citations for traffic violations, data analytics company TransUnion says in a new report. TransUnion gathers traffic violation data from the courts …

CMT: Screen Interactions Show Distracted Driving Growing Worse

US motorists are more distracted than ever while driving, interacting with their smartphones or other devices during 58% of trips taken, according to a report by Cambridge Mobile Telematics. CMT, which supplies telematics technology that carriers use to monitor drivers …

Distraction, Speeding, Alcohol Drive Up 2021 Traffic Deaths

DETROIT (AP) — Nearly 43,000 people died in U.S. traffic crashes in 2021, the highest number in 16 years with deaths due to speeding and impaired or distracted driving on the rise. The 2021 final numbers, released Monday by the …

CCC: Heavier Vehicles, Distracted Drivers Impacting Claim Severity

US roadways are carrying heavier, more powerful vehicles operated by motorists who are older, driving faster and more often distracted, according to CCC Intelligent Solutions’ annual Crash Course report. Each of those factors has a bearing on the frequency and …

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 …