highway safety News

Driver Assist on Big Rigs Being Tested by Oregon Vehicle Manufacturer

A Portland-based manufacturer of commercial vehicles is performing trials on Oregon highways of tractor-trailers with driver-assist technology. The Bend Bulletin reported Daimler Trucks North America is testing the same technology that keeps cars in their own lanes and provides automatic …

San Francisco Bay Area Highways Worst in California for Animal Collisions

Highways that run through the pricey real estate of the Silicon Valley and the San Francisco area are California’s most dangerous for coyotes, deer and other wildlife. A study released by the University of California Davis found that the Bay …

Idaho Taps Utah Company to Deploy App for Eclipse Traffic

Idaho Transportation Department officials are hoping technology from a Utah company will help improve traveler safety if traffic comes to a complete halt during the solar eclipse. Millions across the country are expected to travel to the path of totality, …

Lawyer Says Blown Tire Caused Livestreamed, Deadly Crash in California

The defense attorney for a teenage driver accused of driving drunk while livestreaming the crash that killed her younger sister says a mechanical problem may have caused the accident in California. The Merced Sun-Star reported Obdulia Sanchez’s lawyer told a …

Vermont Governor Creating Commission for Pot Legalization Issues

Vermont Governor Phil Scott says he’s organizing a commission to study issues related to the legalization of marijuana and will announce members in the next few days. Vermont Public Radio reports retail outlets in Maine and Massachusetts will begin selling …

University of Michigan Gets $2.5M to Study Opioid Epidemic, Other Injuries

The University of Michigan Injury Center has received $2.5 million from the Centers for Disease Control for research into the prevention of prescription drug overdoses, concussion, youth violence, motor vehicle crashes, sexual violence, falls and other injuries. “Injury is the …

Bus Rollover on Arizona Freeway Kills 1, Injures 8

A bus driver was killed and eight passengers injured when a tire failed and the driver lost control of the bus carrying support staff from an Illinois drum corps. The bus drove over the median before tumbling onto its left …

Hawaii Sues Auto Makers over Shrapnel-Spewing Air Bags

Hawaii is suing auto manufacturers Ford, Nissan and Toyota over air bags that can spew shrapnel when they deploy. The complaint filed Wednesday says the manufacturers knew or should have known for more than a decade that air bags installed …

Lack of Markings Caused 2016 Fatal California Bus Crash, Report Shows

Federal investigators say inadequate highway markings caused a fatal Greyhound bus crash in California last year that killed two people and injured 13 others, including the driver. The National Transportation Safety Board said in a report Tuesday that the lack …

Colorado State Patrol Crack Down to Increase Driver Safety in Rural Areas

The Colorado State Patrol is cracking down on drivers in the state’s rural areas who are caught behind the wheel without a seat belt. The Denver Post reported the increased enforcement in rural Colorado started Monday and ends Saturday. Colorado …