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Super Bowl Spells 77% Rise in Alcohol-Related Vehicle Crashes in California

Super Bowl Sunday is among the most dangerous days to venture onto California roads as gatherings for the game at parties or restaurants prompt drivers to consume alcohol. More drinking-related crashes happen in California on the day of the National …

Traffic Fatalities Rose 16 Percent in Utah in 2014, Report Shows

The Utah Department of Transportation says 256 people died on roadways across the state in 2014, up 16 percent from 2013. It was Utah’s highest death toll since 2008, and it reversed a trend that saw fatalities drop 41 percent …

Traffic Deaths in Nevada Up In 2014, But Down From Peak

The number of people who died in crashes in Nevada went up in 2014 compared with the year before, but it’s still down significantly from its peak in 2006, according to state data released this week. The Nevada Department of …

Police: Fewer Pennsylvania Crashes, Injuries Over Christmas Weekend

Happy holidays meant safer driving this year in Pennsylvania. State police say they investigated 728 crashes during the five-day Christmas holiday driving period, Dec. 24 through Dec. 28. That’s 172 fewer crashes than in a four-day holiday driving span last …

North Dakota Officials Reviewing Safety on US Highway 85

North Dakota’s Transportation Department and Highway Patrol say efforts are being made to increase safety on the major north-south artery in the western oil patch. There have been 25 traffic crash fatalities on the U.S. Highway 85 corridor in the …

In Oregon Studded Tires Losing Popularity

Studded tires are losing traction with Oregon drivers. The state Department of Transportation has released a report showing only 4 percent of registered vehicles in Oregon were equipped with studded tires in 2014. That’s down from 16 percent at the …

Vermont to Enforce Seat Belt Law Over Thanksgiving Holiday

The Vermont Governor’s Highway Safety Program is going to be sponsoring a holiday “Click It or Ticket” campaign to encourage the use of seat belts and child safety seats. Beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 26, motorists in Vermont can expect to …

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 …