Highway fatalities News

Texas ‘Affluenza’ Teen Sentenced to Nearly 2 Years in Jail

The Texas teenager who used an “affluenza” defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck must serve nearly two years in jail, a judge ordered. Ethan Couch, who turned 19 on April 11, was making his first appearance in adult court. Initially, …

Ohio Sees Increase in Fatal Wrong-Way Highway Crashes

State transportation records show an increase in wrong-way highway crashes in Ohio, with more deaths so far in 2016 than in all of 2014. The Dayton Daily News reports Ohio Department of Transportation records show 47 wrong-way interstate highway crashes …

Highway Death Toll Takes Troubling Turn: Up 8.1% This Year

The death toll on U.S. highways rose 8.1 percent in the first half of 2015 as low fuel prices contributed to a jump in miles driven by Americans, according to new figures from the Transportation Department. The preliminary figures represent …

Drug Deaths Outnumbered Highway Fatalities in Virginia for 1st Time Last Year

Deaths from heroin and opioid use outnumbered highway fatalities in Virginia for the first time last year, officials said. Records show that 728 Virginians died from drug overdoses in 2014, while 700 people died on the state’s roads. The increase …

Highway Fatalities in West Virginia Down 18 percent in 2014

Highway fatalities in West Virginia dropped from 332 in 2013 to 271 in 2014, according to a statement by the state’s Division of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Pat Reed. The decline shows the state is moving in the right direction toward …

Wyoming Up Nearly Double So Far From Last Year

Nearly twice as many people have died on Wyoming highways so far this year compared with 2013. Wyoming Highway Patrol figures show that 135 people have died as of last week this year in highway crashes. At the same point …

Fireman: Trucker ‘Zombie’-Like After Fatal Bus Crash

Russell Staley stared out his broken windshield as darkness engulfed him and firefighters bearing chain saws cut through fallen trees to reach the passenger door of his tractor trailer. Staley had been heading north on Interstate 35 near Davis, Okla., …

Cause of Oklahoma Truck-Bus Crash Still a Mystery

The softball coach who was driving a team bus smashed into by an errant truck did everything he could to save four players who died in the accident, a relative said, even as investigators tried to solve the mystery of …

Delaware Troopers Issue Over 1K Traffic Citations in I-95 Crackdown

Delaware troopers were busy this past weekend cracking down on traffic violations during a multistate enforcement safety initiative along Interstate 95. The Drive to Save Lives initiative was a one-day effort involving police in all 15 states along the I-95 …

Judge Rules Again: No Jail for Texas ‘Affluenza’ Teen in Fatal Car Wreck

A judge has ordered a Texas teenager who was sentenced to 10 years’ probation in a drunken-driving crash that killed four people to go to a rehabilitation facility paid for by his parents. Judge Jean Boyd on Feb. 5 again …