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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 …

Driving-Related Fatalities in Rhode Island Decreased 20% in 2014

Rhode Island’s attorney general says the number of driving-related fatalities in Rhode Island decreased 20 percent in 2014, to the lowest number in a decade. Attorney General Peter Kilmartin says there were 65 driving-related fatalities in 2013 and 52 in …

NYC to Spend $250M to Make Dangerous Streets Safer

Some of New York City’s most dangerous streets are about to get safer as part of a $250 million project that will target roadways in the outer boroughs where dozens of pedestrians have been killed or injured in recent years. …

Connecticut Bill Would Bar Driving With Pet on Lap

Connecticut lawmakers are considering whether to make it illegal for pets to ride in a vehicle while sitting on the driver’s lap. Under a bill before the Connecticut General Assembly’s Transportation Committee, people found driving with a pet on their …

Connecticut Bills Aim to Ramp Up Texting While Driving Fines

A Connecticut legislative committee is set to hear public testimony on several bills aimed at combating texting while driving in Connecticut. Several state lawmakers in Connecticut have submitted legislation this session that creates tougher penalties for texting while driving. One …

Delaware Traffic Fatalities Rose 20% in 2014

Highway officials say the number of traffic fatalities in Delaware in 2014 was 20 percent higher than 2013. The Office of Highway Safety said in a news release on Friday, Jan. 9, that 125 people were killed in traffic incidents …

Vermont Traffic Fatalities Down 38% in 2014

Preliminary reports show that Vermont traffic fatalities declined 38 percent in 2014 to the lowest number since World War II. The Vermont Highway Safety Alliance says 43 people died on the state’s roadways last year, down from 70 in 2013. …