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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 …

Vermont Reviewing Suspended Driving Convictions

Vermont is reviewing about 900 convictions from the last 16 months for criminal driving with a suspended license to determine how many might have been improperly resulted from incomplete information about a driver’s efforts to erase previous civil suspensions. “Some …

For Vermont Police, Checking for Pot-Impaired Drivers Is Work in Progress

It’s common knowledge that driving with blood alcohol content higher than .08 violates the law. But with marijuana, things are a lot more hazy. As Vermont and other states consider following the lead of Colorado and Washington state in legalizing …

Suburban Philadelphia County Shutting Down DUI Court Over Heavy Caseload

Court officials are shutting down a special court for drunken driving cases in the Philadelphia suburbs because it’s been too busy. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on Sept. 23 that Montgomery County is ending the two-year pilot program because drunken-driving is …

New York to Receive Up to $20M to Develop Connected Vehicle Technologies

New York City will be the main testing ground for a smart device installed in vehicles to warn motorists of impending dangers and congestion, the U.S. secretary of transportation announced on Sept. 14. Secretary Anthony Foxx said New York will …

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 …