Highway Safety News

Rising US Traffic Deaths Put Focus on One Philadelphia Road

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Just one more step and the stroller would have been on the curb. The thought haunts Latanya Byrd years after a driver racing down Roosevelt Boulevard in Philadelphia struck and killed her 27-year-old niece, Samara Banks, and …

Teen Turns Tragic Loss Into Effort to Improve Highway Safety

MAURICE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana high school senior who lost her best friend in a head-on collision is on a mission to improve safety on on Highway 167. Emma Hebert and Ramsie Baumgardner both attended North Vermillion High, and …

Slow Down: States Get Infrastructure Cash for Speed Cameras

WASHINGTON (AP) — Drivers, beware: Speed cameras could be on their way to a location near you thanks to President Joe Biden’s infrastructure law. Under new federal guidance issued Wednesday, states can now tap billions of federal highway dollars for …

Cambridge Mobile Telematics Expands Its Empire of Smartphone Driver Surveillance

Cambridge Mobile Telematics, which helps insurers monitor drivers via smartphone, has agreed to buy TrueMotion, a cross-town Boston rival, for an undisclosed sum. Both companies have shot to the front of the burgeoning effort to use technology to better manage …

Traffic Returning to Roadways, But Claims Patterns May Shift Permanently

The number of cars on US roadways is returning to normal as states ease COVID-19 restrictions, but that doesn’t necessarily mean claims frequency and severity will return to historic patterns. Metromile, a San Francisco-based pay-as-you-go auto insurer, expects a permanent …

U.S. Traffic Deaths Fell After Coronavirus Lockdown, But Drivers Got Riskier

U.S. traffic deaths fell during the coronavirus lockdowns but drivers engaged in riskier behavior as the fatality rate spiked to its highest level in 15 years, according to preliminary data released Thursday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported …

Government Moves Toward Easing Drive-Time Rules for Truckers

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration took a key step Wednesday toward relaxing federal rules that govern the length of time truck drivers can spend behind the wheel, a move long sought by the trucking industry but opposed by safety advocates …

Radar Data Analysis Pinpoints Precipitation Risk for Vehicle Fatalities

A stormy nation is expected to become even stormier, bringing rain and snow that is known to increase the number of vehicle accidents. The exact degree of increased risk has been the subject of numerous studies, but most of them …

Massachusetts Drivers Could See Ban on Handheld Mobile Devices

Welcome to Massachusetts signs can mean more to drivers than just crossing a state line. For some, they also signal that it’s OK to pick up their cellphones, punch in a phone number and make a call. That’s because all …

Virginia Legislators Consider Raising Reckless Driving Limit to 85MPH

Drivers who get caught going 11 miles an hour over the speed limit on Virginia’s interstate highways may no longer be facing criminal charges if a proposed bill passes. A House of Delegates panel approved legislation 14-5 Tuesday that would …