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Missouri Lawmakers Focus on Limiting Cellphone Use Behind the Wheel

Missouri lawmakers have introduced at least six separate proposals since last month to restrict the use of cellphones while driving. Missouri has seen the numbers of cellphone-related traffic crashes increase by 35 percent since 2014, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. …

Rural Minnesota Drivers Praise Speed Limit Hike, but Safety Still a Concern

Many rural drivers are applauding Minnesota for pushing the speed limit to 60 mph on most two-lane state highways, a move that’s also been met with criticism from road safety experts. More than two-thirds of rural highways slated for the …

Massachusetts Governor Proposes Traffic Safety Measures

A wide-ranging traffic safety proposal filed Tuesday by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker would ban drivers from using handheld cellphones and give police increased power to enforce the state’s seatbelt requirements. The bill also calls for mandatory speed limit reductions in …

Drowsy Driving-Related Crashes Occur More Frequently Than Statistics Indicate

The most in-depth drowsy driving research ever conducted in the U.S. using footage of everyday drivers found that the percentage of crashes involving drowsiness is nearly eight times higher than federal estimates indicate, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic …

Driverless Cars Mean Major Federal Safety Standard Update on Horizon

When the U.S. government finally got around to regulating auto safety in 1967, it insisted that every car have seatbelts and that the steering column be engineered to absorb impact so it wouldn’t spear the driver. The safety rulebook has …

Connected Cars, Roads Could Eliminate Wrong-Way Driving

Kevin Balke turned his SUV southeastward, checked his instruments and confirmed he was ready. Nearly a mile of concrete stood before him with plenty of room to run, but he wouldn’t need all of it to prove his point – …

NTSB Says More Speed Cameras Needed to Cut Road Deaths

A U.S. safety watchdog called for broader use of traffic cameras to catch speeding drivers, as it said driving too fast is an under-reported cause of traffic fatalities. Inconsistent reporting by law enforcement causes the factor to go under-reported, according …

Dutch Bike Lock App Blocks Rider’s Phone

A telecom company in the Netherlands has teamed up with the country’s traffic safety authority to develop a bicycle lock that also blocks its mobile network, in a move aimed at protecting young riders who regularly pedal through busy streets …

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 …

Lawmakers in Iowa Slam Brakes on Raising Speed Limits

Efforts to increase speed limits on Iowa freeways and rural roads failed in the Legislature this year amid safety concerns, but officials acknowledged such moves are popular with drivers and likely will come before lawmakers again. Several bills were introduced …