Latest Road safety News

NTSB chief: focus on road safety must shift to entire system

Sep. 13, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The new chairman of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board wants governments and businesses to change the way they look at highway safety, considering the whole system rather than individual driver behavior. Jennifer Homendy, nominated by President...

NHTSA: Traffic deaths rise again as drivers take risks

Sep. 02, 2021 14:11 PM EDT

U.S. traffic deaths in the first quarter of 2021 rose by 10.5% over last year, even as driving has declined, the government’s road safety agency reported Thursday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated that 8,730 people died in motor vehicle...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Sep. 01, 2021 13:34 PM EDT

The (Charleston) Post and Courier. Aug. 30, 2021. Editorial: Remember when we had to protect SC hospitals from COVID collapse? We’re back The blessing about COVID-19 is that most people who get infected don’t get very sick. Many — perhaps most...

Motorcycle fatalities down significantly in Nebraska

Aug. 28, 2021 09:16 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Traffic deaths on roads and highways in Nebraska are down in 2021 when compared with previous years — especially fatalities involving motorcyclists. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the state has recorded 126 traffic...

Powell County receives $1.7M for highway projects

Aug. 25, 2021 04:18 AM EDT

STANTON, Ky. (AP) — Officials in Powell County have received more than $1.7 million for highway projects that will reduce traffic congestion at local schools and improve road conditions in the area. Gov. Andy Beshear presented ceremonial checks Tuesday during a visit to...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Aug. 18, 2021 19:52 PM EDT

Albany Times Union. August 17, 2021. Editorial: Lead the way, New York THE ISSUE: The gerrymandering of election districts is harmful to democracy. THE STAKES: New York’s upcoming...

Minneapolis police to curb stops for minor traffic violators

Aug. 13, 2021 18:13 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police will no longer stop motorists for minor traffic violations, such as expired tabs or an air freshener hanging from their rearview mirror, according to a new policy change. Police Chief Medaria Arrandondo, in an internal memo...

Police cite distracted driving in fatal Maine car crash

Aug. 13, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

PEMBROKE, Maine (AP) — Maine police said a crash in the rural town of Pembroke caused the death of a 58-year-old. The crash happened just after 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, when a vehicle driven by 58-year-old Hardy Preston, of Edmunds Township, collided with one driven by a...

Editorial Roundup: Indiana

Aug. 10, 2021 14:11 PM EDT

Terre Haute Tribune-Star. Aug. 3, 2021. Editorial: Exclamation points for safety. Violating hands-free driving law now carries added penalty Motorists on Indiana roads and highways who choose to use handheld devices while driving can’t say they...

Pandemic set off deadly rise in speeding that hasn't stopped

Aug. 08, 2021 13:57 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Motorists put the pedal to the metal during the pandemic and police are worried as roads get busy with the final stretch of summer travel. The latest data shows the number of highway deaths in 2020 was the greatest in more than a decade even...