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New York State Police Launch Safety Campaign Aimed at Teen Drivers

New York State Police are launching a traffic safety campaign aimed at minimizing crashes involving teen drivers. “The Empty Chair” driving safety campaign starts Monday and runs through Friday. The empty chair symbolizes the missing high school senior on graduation …

Pennsylvania Cities Struggle to Replace Dilapidated Stop Signs

When Heather Kittrell sits on the porch in front of her Scranton, Pennsylvania, home, she sometimes watches as many as five drivers speed through the intersection of Pine Street and Wheeler Avenue. None notices the stop sign. A white smudge …

PennDOT: Traffic Deaths in Pennsylvania Hit All-Time Low in 2014

Traffic deaths in Pennsylvania hit an all-time low last year. State transportation officials say car crashes killed 1,195 people in 2014. That’s the lowest number since recordkeeping began 87 years ago. PennDOT statistics released Wednesday show drunk-driving deaths declined 14 …

New Massachusetts Law Requires Headlights Be Used in Bad Weather

If you turn on your windshield wipers, turn on your headlights as well. That’s one of the requirements of a little-known state law taking effect in Massachusetts on Tuesday, April 7. Under the law aimed at making travel safer during …

Maryland Authorities Cracking Down on Distracted Drivers

Maryland State Police are cracking down on distracted driving this month. During April, the agency says that troopers from all 22 barracks statewide will conduct additional patrols to identify distracted drivers. They say they’ll be on the lookout for people …

Speed Camera Tickets Bring Nearly $17M in Revenue for NYC

Speed cameras have produced a surge in tickets and generated nearly $17 million in revenue for New York City. The Daily News reports that last year more than 445,000 speed-camera tickets were issued. That’s compared to nearly 118,000 issued manually …

Erie Survey Finds Wide Range of Distracted Behaviors Behind Wheel

To discourage distracted driving in conjunction with National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April, Erie Insurance, based in Erie, Pennsylvania, recently asked drivers what they do behind the wheel. The online survey of 1,915 U.S. drivers aged 18 and older …

Traffic Deaths in Maryland Fell to 66-Year Low Last Year

Maryland officials say traffic deaths have hit a 66-year low in the state. Transportation officials said at a news conference Tuesday that traffic deaths in Maryland fell to 442 last year. That’s the lowest amount of traffic deaths in the …

New Jersey’s Pedestrian Safety Program May Be Making Positive Impact

Judging by the number of tickets each year, jaywalking as an infraction draws scant attention from police in New Jersey. The Asbury Park Press reports that in 2010, there were 557 jaywalking tickets issued in the state of New Jersey, …

Car Safety Tickets on Rise in New Jersey

Police in New Jersey are writing more tickets for safety violations in the nearly four years since the state ended motor vehicle safety inspections. A review of court records by The Record newspaper finds police issued nearly 100,000 tickets for …