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Opioid-Related Car Crash Deaths in Maryland Hold Steady Over Decade

A new approach to defining opioid-related auto fatalities provides insight into the nature and distribution of opioid-involved deaths in the state of Maryland, say the authors of a new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of …

House Panel Supports Georgia Distracted Driving Bill

With Georgia having experienced a spike in both fatal crashes and auto insurance premiums, legislators advanced a proposal to make it illegal to hold a cellphone while driving. By a non-unanimous voice vote, a House committee on Wednesday voted in …

Drug-Related Deadly Crashes Rising in Utah

The number of fatal car crashes linked to drivers on drugs has spiked in the last two years in Utah while alcohol-related fatal wrecks have declined slightly, state figures show. The state Legislature’s annual report on driving under the influence …

Countermeasures to Drowsy Driving Can be Distracting

Conservative estimates show that 21 percent of fatal crashes involve drowsy driving. “Drowsy driving can be considered a form of distracted driving,” said Benjamin McManus, a Ph.D. candidate in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Lifespan Development Psychology graduate program …

Prescribed Drugs Increasing in Fatal Crashes Involving Drugged Drivers

Since 1993, the profile of a drugged driver has changed substantially. A study released in Public Health Reports shows that more drivers are now testing positive for prescription drugs, cannabis, and multiple drugs, and they are more likely to be …

GM Excluded Saturn Ion Crash Deaths From Ignition Inquiry

General Motors excluded the Saturn Ion from a Feb. 13 recall for faulty ignition switches after engineers inexplicably failed to look at fatal crashes involving the compact car. The cars were recalled two weeks later, after another inquiry found four …

Traffic Fatalities Decreasing in Kentucky

Kentucky is on track for its lowest number of traffic fatalities in decades. The Courier-Journal reports fewer than 600 fatal crashes had been reported by mid-December. The last time the number was that low was in the 1940s. The newspaper …

New York Police Department Takes Closer Look at Traffic Deaths

The NYPD is taking a closer look at traffic deaths involving vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. The New York Times reports that the Collision Investigation Squad has been bolstered with more detectives, high-tech mapping tools and a new mandate to investigate …

Colorado Driving School Linked to 2 Fatal Cashes

Court documents say two people involved in fatal crashes took driving tests from a Colorado school whose owner was charged with falsely certifying that applicants passed a driving exam. The Denver Post reported Tuesday one was a contract driver for …

19 Deadly Crashes Reported in Georgia During Holiday Period

Georgia law enforcement authorities say 19 fatal crashes occurred in the state during the recent Thanksgiving holiday travel period. Department of Public Safety spokesman Gordy Wright reported the numbers early Monday, after the 102-hour Thanksgiving holiday travel period ended late …