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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 …

Georgia Bans Hand-Held Cell Phone Use

Don’t touch that screen! Starting July 1, Georgia is joining more than a dozen other states in banning hands-on cellphone use while driving. Under the “Hands-Free Georgia Act,” drivers may not hold a phone with their hands or use any …

New Travelers Data Reveals Distracted Driving Spikes in Summer

Drivers are being warned about the increased risk for distracted driving this summer. Travelers and its public policy division, the Travelers Institute, along with TrueMotion, a smartphone telematics platform, recently analyzed the behavior of more than 20,000 drivers from January …

Texting While Driving on the Rise Despite More Laws Banning it

It’s going to be a banner year for trial lawyers and a tough year for auto insurers. More than 3,000 people are killed on U.S. roads every year in distracted driving crashes, and the use of cellphones while driving has …