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N.Y. Sen. Schumer Pushes for High-Tech Solution to Drunk Driving

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., says the nation should increase funds for the development of high-tech sensors that can disable a car’s ignition if its driver is drunk. The New York Democrat said on July 26 that he is supporting …

Connecticut’s New DUI Ignition Lock Law Targets First-Time Offenders

On March 9, 2012 Benjamin DeMond, a Norwich, Connecticut, firefighter, died at 33 from an accident caused by a drunken driver. Authorities said 50-year-old Willis Goodale of Groton, Connecticut, was trying to cut across Interstate 395 in Montville to use …

Rhode Island’s Attorney General Releases PSA on Dangers of Drunken Driving

Rhode Island’s attorney general has released a public service announcement on the dangers of drunken driving. Peter Kilmartin says the 30-second video focuses on young drivers, who are inexperienced and often don’t consider the consequences of driving while drunk. Kilmartin …

Penn. Insurance Commissioner Congratulates Mature Driver Safety Class

Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller on July 13 presented certificates to approximately 25 Pennsylvanians who successfully completed a mature driver safety class in Dauphin County. Miller also reminded participants that state law requires a minimum five percent auto insurance discount …

Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles Announces Change in OUI Law

The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles recently announced that starting July 1, motorists who are charged with operating under the influence (OUI) of alcohol, drugs or both, and as a result, have their licenses suspended administratively by DMV will be …

Bike Advocates Applaud Passage of Safety Bill in Maine

Bike safety advocates are celebrating a new law in Maine that they say will make the roads safer for bikers and pedestrians. Brian Allenby of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine tells the Maine Public Broadcasting Network that the new law …

N.H. Law Banning Drivers’ Use of Hand-Held Devices Goes Into Effect

New Hampshire is now the 15th state to bar drivers from using hand-held cellphones while driving. The new “hands-free” law, in effect as of Wednesday, July 1, applies to all hand-held devices, including GPS units, tablets and laptops. Violators face …

N.Y. Launches Statewide Multimedia Campaign Against Impaired Driving

New York is launching a statewide multimedia campaign to remind motorists of the deadly impacts of impaired driving. The campaign funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee will use billboards, radio, television and social media. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo …

Massachusetts Senate Removes Insurance Surcharge From Headlights Law

The Massachusetts Senate has voted to join the House in softening the impact of the new state law that requires motorists to turn their headlights on whenever they are operating their windshield wipers. Under a state budget amendment unanimously approved …

Report: More Distracted Drivers Than Ever on Pennsylvania Roads

Eyes on the road, hands on the wheel! A new report says more people in Pennsylvania are being caught for distracted driving than ever before. The report from the state’s court system says 1,410 drivers were cited for texting while …