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Whistleblower raises safety alarm about air traffic control

Nov. 20, 2019 8:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A whistle-blowing flight controller says changes in air traffic control procedures at a major center in Florida raise the risk of a midair collision, but the Federal Aviation Administration disputes the claim. The U.S. Office of Special Counsel said Wednesday that it notified the White...

Road-safety regulator rapped over regulating autonomous cars

Nov. 20, 2019 6:37 PM EST

The nation’s road-safety regulator is under fire again for what critics call lax oversight of tests involving autonomous vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration doesn’t give enough direction to companies developing automatous cars, the chairman of the National Transportation...

Lawmakers approve ban on drivers using hand-held cellphones

Nov. 20, 2019 5:42 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts drivers would no longer be able to use hand-held cellphones behind the wheel under a bill approved by state lawmakers. The Senate voted 38-1 in favor of the bill Wednesday. The House approved it on a 153-1 vote Tuesday. The legislation now heads to Republican Gov. Charlie Baker...

Safety agency says distracted driver caused fatal Uber crash

Nov. 19, 2019 11:51 PM EST

The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday condemned the lack of state and federal regulation for testing autonomous vehicles before finding that a distracted human safety driver was the main cause of a fatal 2018 Arizona crash involving an Uber vehicle. The board criticized the National Highway Traffic...

Report: Plane broke up in flight before hitting townhouse

Nov. 19, 2019 6:06 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board says a small airplane broke up in flight before crashing into a Georgia townhouse last month. WSB-TV says the preliminary report doesn’t identify the cause of the Oct. 30 crash but includes information investigators...

TSA checkpoint closure riles Twin Cities airport officials

Nov. 19, 2019 10:07 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration’s decision to close one of six security checkpoints at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has riled airport officials and the operator of the hotel connected to the entry point. The TSA says the checkpoint, which opened last...

Bill would ban drivers from using hand-held cellphones

Nov. 18, 2019 2:59 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A bill that would bar Massachusetts drivers from using hand-held cellphones behind the wheel is inching closer to final approval by state lawmakers. A compromise version of the bill was released Monday. The Massachusetts House and Senate had approved separate versions. The bill would prohibit...

US group says 803 unbelted rear-seat passengers died in 2018

Nov. 18, 2019 12:29 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — More than 800 rear-seat passengers who weren’t wearing seat belts were killed last year in U.S. traffic crashes, and a highway safety group says states aren’t making enough progress in getting people to buckle up. The Governors Highway Safety Association says in a report...

Report: Pedestrian fatalities in Rhode Island have dropped

Nov. 18, 2019 10:15 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Pedestrian fatalities in Rhode Island have dropped since 2017, bucking the national trend. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatal pedestrian crashes in Rhode Island have decreased from 21 in 2017 to five so far in 2019. A Rhode Island Department of...

Safety board says more people died in plane crashes in 2018

Nov. 14, 2019 5:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal safety officials say that 393 people died in U.S. civilian plane crashes last year, a 15% increase over the year before. All but a dozen of the deaths occurred in general aviation, which usually involves small private planes. However, the numbers include a woman killed after an...