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Nearly 43,000 people died on US roads last year, agency says

May. 17, 2022 18:08 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Nearly 43,000 people were killed on U.S. roads last year, the highest number in 16 years as Americans returned to the roads after the coronavirus pandemic forced many to stay at home. The 10.5% jump over 2020 numbers was the largest percentage increase since the...

Buttigieg sends $5B to cities for safety as road deaths soar

May. 16, 2022 13:42 PM EDT

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 and nudging commuters to public transit. ...

Crews battle 500-acre wildfire in North Carolina preserve

May. 10, 2022 17:02 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Firefighters are trying to contain a wildfire that covered more than 500 acres in southeastern North Carolina on Tuesday and forced the shutdown of a highway, state officials said. A news release from the N.C. Department of Agriculture of Consumer Services said...

China grants first driverless taxi permits to Baidu, Pony.ai

Apr. 28, 2022 03:00 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China has granted Chinese internet services company Baidu and a rival autonomous car company, Pony.ai, permits to provide driverless ride-hailing services to the public in Beijing, a significant regulatory step in the country's pursuit of driverless technology. The...

Kentucky highway fatalities increase; officials urge safety

Apr. 19, 2022 04:04 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — An increase in traffic fatalities last year has Kentucky officials urging drivers to focus on safety behind the wheel. The number of fatalities on Kentucky highways rose by 26, with 806 killed in 2021 compared with 780 in 2020, according to data from the...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Apr. 18, 2022 16:07 PM EDT

Columbus Dispatch. April 15, 2022. Editorial: While your groceries go up, DeWine, LaRose, Huffman, Cupp waste millions to keep power The $25 million price tag to hold a second primary would be way more than enough it that was all. It is not all. In...

Teen turns tragic loss into effort to improve highway safety

Apr. 10, 2022 11:08 AM EDT

MAURICE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana high school senior who lost her best friend in a head-on collision is on a mission to improve safety on on Highway 167. Emma Hebert and Ramsie Baumgardner both attended North Vermillion High, and Baumgardner became the third high schooler killed on...

EXPLAINER: Driver in Texas crash was 13; is that legal?

Mar. 18, 2022 14:10 PM EDT

From the logging roads of the Pacific Northwest to the farm country of the Great Plains and beyond, it's not uncommon for people in rural parts of the U.S. to learn to drive when they're young, sometimes even before they reach their teens. But the news that a 13-year-old was behind...

EXPLAINER: Driver in Texas crash was 13; is that legal?

Mar. 17, 2022 21:37 PM EDT

From the logging roads of the Pacific Northwest to the farm country of the Great Plains and beyond, it's not uncommon for people in rural parts of the U.S. to learn to drive when they're young, sometimes even before they reach their teens. But the news that a 13-year-old was behind...

Study: SUVs, pickups hit pedestrians more often than cars do

Mar. 17, 2022 11:29 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Drivers of bigger vehicles such as pickup trucks and SUVs are more likely to hit pedestrians while making turns than drivers of cars, according to a new study. The research released Thursday by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety points to the increasing...