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Editorial Roundup: Idaho

Jun. 10, 2021 11:12 AM EDT

Recent editorials from Idaho newspapers: Just what exactly makes Bundy so unsuitable? June 9 The Lewiston Tribune The Idaho Republican Party has standards. Who knew? ...

Distracted driving evidence to be reconsidered in Arizona

Jun. 09, 2021 21:29 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An attorney representing a man who told police he was texting when he fatally struck a police officer with his vehicle asked a judge to send the case back to the grand jury when records showed the driver was not on his phone. Jerry Sanstead, 42, told law...

Iowa to step up traffic enforcement to slow road fatalities

Jun. 08, 2021 17:41 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa traffic enforcement officials vowed Tuesday to crack down on motorists speeding, driving while drunk or distracted by cell phones in an effort to slow the rising traffic fatality rate. Iowa State Patrol Col. Nathan Fulk said officers have...

Editorial Roundup: Missouri

Jun. 08, 2021 07:28 AM EDT

Kansas City Star. June 3, 2021. Editorial: Back the blue? Right. Roy Blunt snubs mother of officer who died after protecting him If shame still existed, Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt would be swimming in it. He has no excuse for refusing to meet the...

US agency: Fatal tour bus crash shows safety shortcomings

Jun. 03, 2021 19:35 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A tour bus crash that threw more than a dozen people onto a remote Utah highway in 2019, killing four Chinese tourists, highlights a lack of safety standards for bus roofs and windows, U.S. investigators said Thursday. The bus crashed after the...

US traffic deaths up 7% last year, highest number since 2007

Jun. 03, 2021 17:42 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. traffic deaths rose 7% last year, the biggest increase in 13 years even though people drove fewer miles due to the coronavirus pandemic, the government's road safety agency reported Thursday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration blamed...

Future transportation plans include more safe walking spaces

May. 31, 2021 12:42 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota transportation officials have come up with a 20-year plan that they hope will encourage more walking by creating more safe spaces for pedestrians along state roads and highways. The Minnesota Department of Transportation Statewide...

Florida drivers can start using hazard lights in rain July 1

May. 31, 2021 03:08 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — For years, Florida has been reminding motorists not to use flashing hazard lights while driving. Well starting soon, feel free to flash away — but only on the highway. And only in heavy rain or fog. ...

State police: Fatalities from traffic crashes up in 2020

May. 26, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Nearly 100 more people died in traffic crashes in Michigan last year than in 2019, according to preliminary data released by the state police. The state police Criminal Justice Information Center said Wednesday that 1,083 people were killed in...

Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee to tackle holiday safety

May. 25, 2021 20:14 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Motorists can expect to see more troopers on Interstate 55, beginning Wednesday, as part of a new holiday safety campaign. The Mississippi Highway Patrol, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, and Louisiana State Police will kick off a “Line to Line”...