road safety News

Iowa City Reconsiders Two-Way Streets for Downtown

Officials in Des Moines, Iowa, are considering turning most one-way downtown streets into two-way and adding more bicycle lanes in an effort to increase safety and promote retail development. The city, the Urban Land Institute of Iowa and the Greater …

New Laws Emphasize States’ Push to Keep Highway Left Lanes Open for Passing

From stricter laws to public service campaigns and pleading electronic road signs, states have a message for the drivers clogging the inside lanes of the nation’s highways: Get the heck out of the way! Few things infuriate drivers more than …

Auto-Animal Collisions Higher in Northern California

If you are a commuter, Southern California freeways are your nightmare. If you happen to be a deer, coyote or raccoon, the highways of Northern California are a lot worse. A study released Thursday by the University of California Davis …

High Volume of Overweight Trucks Seen on Oklahoma Roads

As the crossroads of America, Oklahoma’s roads get a high volume of commercial truck traffic. The problem is that a lot of those trucks are illegal. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission transportation division’s automated ports of entry can more efficiently monitor …

A Recalled Takata Airbag’s Path From Salvage Yard to Used Car

A dangerous Takata airbag should have been recalled before going from a wrecked car to a salvage yard, eventually ending up in a 2002 Honda Accord and nearly killing a Las Vegas woman, a lawsuit alleges. The Accord had been …

Drugged Driving a Rising Problem

An SUV crashed after all four occupants overdosed on heroin in North Carolina. The same day, a man in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, grabbed the steering wheel after his grandson lost consciousness while driving. Police in the city of 30,000 responded to …

Eclipse Excitement Overshadowed by Safety Concerns

Sold out hotels, viewing parties and special media coverage will culminate on Monday, August 21, when a total solar eclipse will be visible across the entire U.S. But along with the excitement comes safety concerns, according to various government agencies. …

Car Makers Worry Increasing Automation Makes for Bad Driving

If your car can hit the brakes in an emergency and check your blind spots, will that make you a worse driver? Increasingly, automakers are worrying it may. Driver-assist technology that keeps cars in their lanes, maintains a safe distance …

Speed Limit Hike Results in South Dakota Motorists Driving at Higher Speeds

Statistics show that motorists cited by the South Dakota Highway Patrol are driving at faster speeds since lawmakers increased the maximum highway speed limit. Lawmakers increased the speed limit to 80 mph (nearly 130 kilometers) in April 2015. An analysis …

Study Finds Safety Benefits From Chicago’s Red Light Camera Program

Chicago’s red-light cameras reduce serious injury crashes at intersections where they are placed and also have a measurable “spillover effect” that improves safety at intersections without cameras, according to a newly released Northwestern University Transportation Center study. The research team …