traffic fatalities News

40,000 Traffic Fatalities a Year Prompts National Safety Council to Issue a Call for Action

Mandatory ignition interlocks, a three tier graduated driver licensing system for drivers ages 21 and below and universal motorcycle helmet laws are just a few of the suggested changes, the National Safety Council (NSC) said will help in reducing traffic …

Government Proposes Vehicle to Vehicle Communication Requirement

All new cars and light trucks would be able to talk wirelessly with each other, with traffic lights and with other roadway infrastructure under a rule the Transportation Department proposed Tuesday. Officials say the technology holds the potential to dramatically …

Auto Safety Agency Wants Cell Phone Makers to Lock Out Most Apps While Driving

The government wants smartphone makers to lock out most apps when the phone is being used by someone driving a car. The voluntary guidelines unveiled Wednesday are designed to reduce crashes caused by drivers distracted by phones. The National Highway …

Most Cars Not Equipped With Life-Saving Auto Technology

Computerized sensors that warn drivers they’re about to rear-end another vehicle or prevent other types of accidents are available on models made by every major auto manufacturer. The problem, according to a U.S. safety agency and accident-prevention advocates, is that …

Feds Set Goal of Zero Traffic Deaths in 30 Years

The Obama administration is setting a goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and injuries in the United States within the next 30 years. Transportation Department officials laid out a plan Wednesday that would focus first on promoting efforts such as increased …

Road Fatalities Surged in First Half of 2016

Traffic fatalities were up 9 percent in the first six months of this year compared with the same period last year, continuing a surge in deaths that began two years ago as the economy improved and travel picked up, according …

Traffic Fatalities Surged in 2015 Record Driving Year

Traffic deaths surged last year as drivers racked up more miles behind the wheel than ever before, a result of an improved economy and lower gas prices, according to preliminary government data released Friday. Fatalities rose 7.7 percent to 35,200 …

Auto Safety Agency Looks to Aviation Industry to Reduce Road Deaths

The U.S. government is bringing together top airline and auto company executives to discuss aviation industry practices such as safety data sharing that automakers could adapt to help reduce car accidents, a leading cause of death in America. The U.S. …

New Data Links Speed Limit Increase to More Road Deaths

Increasing speed limits in states across the country between 1993 and 2013 have led to 33,000 fatalities on U.S. roadways, according to new research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Excessive speed contributes to a tremendous proportion of …

RAND: National Trumps State Funding for Traffic Safety Programs

Following a national approach to adopting traffic safety laws is more cost effective than following a state-by-state approach, according to a new RAND Corporation study. Boosting traffic safety funding by 10 percent and allocating the funds to states where it …