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New Jersey’s New Child Safety Seat Rules Go Into Effect

New Jersey has new child safety seat rules. The rules, which take effect Sept. 1, adhere to American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations. Children under age 2 and who weigh less than 30 pounds must be secured in a rear-facing seat …

Driver’s ‘Selfie’ Attempt Causes Crash, Maine Police Say

Maine State Police have issued a distracted driving summons to a man who they say crashed into a tree while taking a “selfie” with his passengers, injuring several of them. State police say Jordan Toner was driving in the town …

Va.’s Roanoke Valley Considers Insurer-Funded Collision Reporting Center

Police in four Roanoke Valley localities in Virginia have proposed adopting a Canadian method of reporting car crashes that reduces police involvement. The Roanoke Times reports that if the governments of Roanoke, Salem, Roanoke County and Vinton approve the one-year …

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 …