Latest Road safety News

New vehicles to be rated on how they make drivers stay alert

Jan. 20, 2022 17:03 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Two organizations that influence many Americans’ automobile buying decisions will begin rating vehicles on how well they track behavior of motorists who use partially automated driver-assist systems. Consumer Reports and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety...

NTSB chief to fed agency: Stop using misleading statistics

Jan. 18, 2022 18:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — With traffic fatalities spiking higher, the nation’s top safety investigator says a widely cited government statistic that 94% of serious crashes are solely due to driver error is misleading and that the Transportation Department should stop using it. Jennifer...

Michigan students participating in safe driving campaign

Jan. 15, 2022 09:09 AM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Students at 38 Michigan high schools are participating in the “Strive for a Safer Drive” peer-led traffic safety campaign. The program is in its 11th year and aims to reduce crashes involving teenagers by encouraging then to talk with other teens and their...

Roadway deaths in Utah hit nearly 20-year high last year

Jan. 08, 2022 08:01 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — They were parents. They were children. They were well-loved community members. They were simply doing their jobs. They were the 320 people who died on Utah roadways in 2021, according to data from the Utah Department of Transportation and Utah Highway Patrol....

Massachusetts road deaths climb to highest level in years

Jan. 03, 2022 15:45 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The number of people who died on Massachusetts roads last year climbed to 390, the Massachusetts Highway Safety division announced Monday, 63 more than last year and the most in a single year dating to 2009. The preliminary number was released in a tweet by the...

Number of Nebraska traffic deaths declines 5% in 2021

Jan. 02, 2022 13:25 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The number of people killed in crashes along Nebraska roads declined last year. The Omaha World-Herald reports that 220 people had died in crashes on the state's roads in 2021 as of Friday morning. The Nebraska Department of Transportation's Highway Safety...

Tennessee Highway Patrol plans added New Year's enforcement

Dec. 31, 2021 04:13 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Highway Patrol is planning a traffic safety enforcement campaign during the 2021 New Year’s Eve holiday period. Troopers will perform traffic saturation patrols and checkpoints for seatbelts, sobriety and driver's licenses, according to the...

Idaho traffic fatalities at 15-year high

Dec. 24, 2021 11:52 AM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Traffic fatalities in Idaho were at a 15-year high in 2021 after declining for four years, according to data from the Idaho Transportation Department. The Idaho Statesman reports preliminary data indicate that through Thursday there had been at least 258 people...

California prosecutors warn of surge in deadly DUI crashes

Dec. 22, 2021 21:06 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors in seven California counties warned Wednesday that they are seeing a rapid rise in deadly DUI crashes just as people begin socializing for the holidays and planning New Year's Eve outings. Traffic fatalities jumped 15% statewide, comparing the...

Icy conditions close Maine state offices, many NH schools

Dec. 22, 2021 12:08 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine state offices will be closed until late Thursday morning because of icy roads and dangerous driving conditions. The state experienced snow, sleet and freezing rain on Wednesday. Gov. Janet Mills said Maine residents should avoid driving until roads are...