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California Drivers Lose $44B Over Worn-Out Roads Cost, Report Says

California’s worn-out, congested roads and bridges are costing drivers $44 billion a year, a report released today shows. Higher vehicle operating costs, congestion-related delays and traffic accidents cost $2,458 per driver in Los Angeles, according to the report released by …

Citing Lives Saved, Regulators Prepare to Mandate Talking Car Technology

The U.S. Transportation Department moved forward on writing rules that may mandate automakers’ use of talking-car technology, saying more than a thousand lives a year might be saved on the nation’s roadways. Two of the most promising crash-avoidance technologies warning …

Rock-Throwing Attack in Pennsylvania Shows Cars’ Vulnerability

A rock-throwing attack that left an Ohio woman with serious injuries is a reminder of how vulnerable motorists are when someone decides to target random victims from a highway bridge or overpass. As 52-year-old middle school language arts teacher Sharon …

Report Says New York 7th in Highway Fatalities

Federal data show New York ranked seventh among states with 1,168 highway deaths in 2012. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration reports 33,561 road deaths that year nationally, up 3 percent from 2011. New York showed no percentage increase. …

On the Road: Are America’s Guardrails Dangerous?

Before dawn on Feb. 23, Darius Williams ran his Nissan Sentra off a North Carolina interstate at 80 miles per hour. A length of guardrail pierced his door, according to the police report, driving the 24-year-old’s body into the opposite …

‘Pull Aside, Stay Alive,’ Says Arizona Campaign

Arizona officials are launching a new public-education campaign on highway safety, using a recent dust-related fatal crash to promote the message of “pull aside, stay alive.” The Department of Transportation says the new campaign is keyed to the approaching summer …

Vermont Highway Check Produces $17,800 in Fines

Vermont Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officers and police issued almost $18,000 in fines after a three-day, around-the-clock inspection of commercial vehicles in Colchester on Interstate 89 and on U.S. Route 7. The officers participating in the June 3-5 operation were checking …

Arizona DUIs Dropped In 2013

For the first time in a decade, the total number of DUIs in Arizona has dropped. That’s according to statistics from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, which coordinates a statewide task force targeting drunk drivers. Officers participating in the …

Drive Faster, Drink Later Among New Hampshire’s New Laws

Under new laws in New Hampshire taking effect with the start of the new year, people can drive faster along a rural section of Interstate 93 in New Hampshire and drink an hour later at local bars with the community’s …

Penn. Transportation Officials Prepare to Study Higher Speed Limits

Pennsylvania highway officials are preparing to spend up to six months reviewing Pennsylvania’s interstate system as they decide which areas are suitable for higher speeds. Part of the major transportation funding measure that Gov. Tom Corbett is signing Monday allows …