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New York Officials Warn Drivers to Watch for Pedestrians

The city is ramping up pedestrian safety efforts during the annual influx of holiday visitors and decreased daylight hours. Mayor Bill de Blasio, police Commissioner James P. O’Neill and other officials said Tuesday that this season is traditionally the “deadliest …

Seat Belt Usage in Massachusetts Has Grown but Still Lags U.S., Study Finds

Seat belt usage has climbed to an all-time high in Massachusetts, yet according to new research from the state highway safety division more than one in five motorists still do not buckle up. An observational study conducted for the agency …

Number of Vermont Road Deaths Doubled So Far This Year

Vermont State Police are launching a summer-long campaign to crack down on speeding and aggressive driving. The effort comes as traffic fatalities year-to-date have more than doubled over last year. State police say Vermont had seen 30 traffic accident deaths …

Maine Lawmakers Reject Marijuana Blood Test Bill for Drivers

A Maine bill that would allow a blood test to determine whether a driver is impaired from marijuana use is heading to defeat. The Maine House on April 1 voted unanimously to reject the bill, which set a blood level …

Penn. Encourages Motorcyclists to Take Actions to Reduce Risk This Spring

Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller is advising all drivers to be aware of motorcycles, as warmer weather means more motorcyclists on Pennsylvania roadways. Miller is also encouraging motorcyclists to consider safety measures which can save lives, reduce injuries, and save …

Pennsylvania Police Challenged in Catching Texting Motorists

Cambria County, Pennsylvania, Assistant District Attorney Heath Long could not prove that a young man was texting when he careened his pickup into another, killing a grandfather and his teenaged granddaughter. “What we did know is a very short period …

Mass. Senate to Consider Ban on Using Handheld Cellphones While Driving

Motorists in Massachusetts may soon have to put down their cellphones when they’re on the road. A bill prohibiting the use of hand-held mobile electronic devices while driving would also make it illegal to enter information by hand into a …

Maine Group Urges Law for Drivers Under Marijuana Influence

A Maine working group has recommended that lawmakers pass legislation setting a blood-level limit for drivers under the influence of marijuana. The group, which includes state troopers and marijuana legalization advocates, recommended that marijuana should be regulated but disagreed on …

Seniors Fitted for Safe Driving Through Virginia’s Car Fit Program

William Cohen beeped his car horn, making those nearest jump and then laugh. Getting the all-clear from a nearby Albemarle County, Virginia, police officer, the senior driver took off for the parking lot exit in his black SUV. On Nov. …

NYC Mayor de Blasio Defends Traffic Safety Plan Despite Recent Deaths

Three people, including a child, crushed by a car that plowed into a group of trick-or-treaters. An 84-year-old woman run over by a charter bus that never stopped. A grandmother struck by a taxi driver finishing a 16-hour shift. Since …