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Study Finds That While More in Massachusetts Buckle up, State Still Lags

Seatbelt usage has climbed to an all-time high in Massachusetts, yet according to new research from the state highway safety division more than one in five motorists still do not buckle up. An observational study conducted for the agency by …

Indy 500 Safety Measures Still Used Today

Imagine climbing into your sedan in the driveway and not putting on a seatbelt, then trying to back out onto a busy street without the benefit of a rear-view mirror. Odd exercise? Sure. Unsafe? You bet. Seatbelts and rear-view mirrors, …

All GM Cars to Have Airbags by 2019 Model Year

General Motors Co. said Thursday it will phase out cars without airbags and other safety features after its Chevrolet Sail subcompact flunked a crash test in Latin America. The Latin New Car Assessment Program – an independent testing organization – …

Officers Receive Training to Reduce Traffic-Related Deaths

Training showing police ways to reduce the chances of dying in a traffic-related incident included something as simple as buckling up. For 27-year police veteran Scott Slagle, the message provided during a recent training program in Delmont, Pa., was preaching …

Thousands Cited for Violating Utah’s New Seatbelt Law

Thousands of motorists have been cited since a tougher Utah seatbelt law went into effect nearly two months ago, state transportation officials said. More than 6,000 drivers have been caught not wearing seatbelts since the law was enacted May 12, …

Amtrak Derailment Spurs Train Passenger Seatbelt Debate

Comments by a former top U.S. transportation official in the aftermath of a fatal crash of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia have rekindled a debate: Would train passengers be safer if they were required to wear seatbelts? Ray LaHood, who …

Montana Lawmaker Seeks to Increase Seatbelt Violation Fine

Getting caught without a seatbelt could cost Montana drivers five times the current fine under a proposed bill. Sen. Dick Barrett argued that seatbelt violators should be fined $100, up from $20. The Democrat from Missoula introduced Senate Bill 165 …

Delaware Traffic Fatalities up 20 Percent

Highway officials say the number of traffic fatalities in Delaware in 2014 was 20 percent higher than 2013. The Office of Highway Safety said in a news release Friday that 125 people were killed in traffic incidents in 2013. In …

South Dakota Highway Fatalities Up Compared to 2013

Fatalities in car wrecks on South Dakota highways so far this year have almost doubled compared to the same period in 2013. The state’s Department of Public Safety says 24 people have died in crashes in 2014. The state recorded …

Nearly Half of Utah Fatal Car Crash Victims Weren’t Wearing Seatbelts

Utah transportation officials say they counted 219 traffic deaths in Utah in 2013, and almost half of the car crash victims who died hadn’t been wearing seatbelts. The Utah Department of Transportation statistics released Tuesday show two more deaths last …