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Prosecutor: Driver Who Killed 4 Homeless People Was Drunk

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The man who allegedly drove into a homeless encampment in Salem, Oregon, killing four people, had roughly double the legal limit of alcohol in his blood, prosecutors said Monday. Enrique Rodriguez Jr., 24, was ordered jailed …

Raiders WR Ruggs Facing Felony Charges in Fatal Vegas Crash

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III was released from a hospital to a Las Vegas jail ahead of an initial court appearance Wednesday on multiple felony charges after a fiery predawn vehicle crash that left a …

At Least 13 Auto Safety Rules Are Years Overdue

WASHINGTON (AP) — After their 16-year-old daughter died in a car crash, David and Wendy Mills wondered whether she would be alive if federal rules on rear seat belt warnings had been issued on time. Four years later, with no …

Pandemic Set Off Deadly Rise in Speeding That Hasn’t Stopped

Motorists put the pedal to the metal during the pandemic and police are worried as roads get busy with the final stretch of summer travel. The latest data shows the number of highway deaths in 2020 was the greatest in …

Police Say Autopilot Not Believed in Use In Detroit Tesla Crash

WASHINGTON — Detroit police said Tuesday they do not believe Tesla’s driver assistance system Autopilot was in use during a crash last week of a Tesla that became wedged underneath a tractor-trailer and left a passenger in critical condition. On …

Car Crashes Deadlier as Drivers Speed During Lockdowns

Coronavirus lockdowns led to huge reductions in traffic and fewer car crashes this spring, but as drivers sped up on quieter roads, the collisions became deadlier in several cities, a Reuters analysis shows. In New York City, the ratio of …

Viewpoint: Empty Roads Should Be Safer. They’re Not.

Almost three months into the coronavirus crisis finds U.S. highways with just a fraction of their pre-pandemic traffic. It would be natural to assume that should make driving safer, at least until the country is fully opened. But if anything, …

US Roadway Death Rate Up in March Despite Virus Restrictions

DETROIT — The rate of fatal automobile crashes in the U.S. jumped dramatically in March, even though the number of miles driven plummeted due to coronavirus stay-home orders. The National Safety Council said Wednesday that based on preliminary figures from …

North Carolina Lawmakers Mull Hand-Held Phone Ban for Drivers

RALEIGH, N.C. — With smartphones now ever-present, North Carolina lawmakers are revisiting distracted driving laws and on Tuesday advanced a prohibition on hand-held cellphone use they say will reduce accidents and potentially rein in insurance rates. The House Transportation Committee …

Speeding Infractions Costly in Certain States

Reckless driving is, well, reckless. But Americans keep speeding, willing to risk the financial consequences, which vary wildly from state to state. So where is it costliest to floor it? Delaware and Colorado are the toughest states on speeding and …