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NTSB Chair Raises Safety Concerns About Heavy Electric Vehicles

WASHINGTON —U.S. National Transportation Safety Board Chair Jennifer Homendy on Wednesday raised concerns about the increased risk of severe injury and death from heavier electric vehicles on U.S. roads. She cited a General Motors GMC Hummer EV that weighs over …

Agency Study: Traffic Crashes Cost US Society $340 Billion in 2019

U.S. auto safety regulators said Tuesday in a landmark report that motor vehicle crashes, which are rising fast, cost American society $340 billion in 2019. In a comprehensive economic impact study, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) examined the …

US Autonomous Vehicle Group Picks Ex-Senate Aide as Director

A group representing self-driving car companies is appointing a former U.S. Senate aide as its new head as the industry works to convince U.S. policymakers to speed the deployment of autonomous vehicles and jumpstart stalled legislation. The Autonomous Vehicle Industry …

Traffic Deaths Hit 16-Year High in First Six Months of 2022

U.S. traffic deaths rose 0.5% in the first half of 2022 to 20,175, the highest number killed in the period since 2006, according to an early estimate released by U.S. regulators. Traffic deaths have jumped after pandemic lockdowns ended as …

U.S. Traffic Deaths Hit 20-Year-High in Early 2022

U.S. traffic deaths jumped about 7% in the first three months of 2022 to 9,560, the highest number of people killed on American roads in a quarterly period since 2002, regulators said on Wednesday in a preliminary estimate. Traffic deaths …

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 …

Buttigieg Sends $5B to Cities for Safety as Road Deaths Soar

WASHINGTON (AP) — With upcoming data showing traffic deaths soaring, the Biden administration is steering $5 billion in federal aid to cities and localities to address the growing crisis by slowing down cars, carving out bike paths and wider sidewalks …

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 …

Buttigieg Vows Help as US Car Fatalities Keep Spiking Higher

WASHINGTON (AP)–Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is vowing to help stem rising traffic fatalities, releasing a broad-based strategy aimed at reducing speed, redesigning roads and boosting car safety features such as automatic emergency braking. Buttigieg told The Associated Press that new …

U.S. Traffic Deaths Soar to 38,680 in 2020; Highest Yearly Total Since 2007

WASHINGTON — U.S. traffic deaths soared after coronavirus lockdowns ended in 2020, hitting the highest yearly total since 2007 as more Americans engaged in unsafe behavior on U.S. roads, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Thursday. For all …