highway safety News

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 …

Washington Commissioner Supporting Strict Distracted Driving Bills

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is advocating for two distracted driving bills that the state Legislature is considering. House Bill 1371, sponsored by Rep. Jessyn Farrell, and Senate Bill 5289, sponsored by Sen. Ann Rivers, would make the law about …

California City Seeks to Improve Safety by Scanning License Plates

A California city plans to scan the license plates of all incoming cars by placing stationary cameras at key intersections in a bid to boost public safety. The seaside city of Carlsbad will spend $1 million to add cameras at …

Staying Alive: Cutting U.S. Highway Death Rate to Zero

In the near future, the U.S. should be able to prevent thousands, and perhaps tens of thousands, of deaths on the roads and highways. The Department of Transportation has proposed a Road to Zero — the elimination of motor-vehicle fatalities …

11 Children Injured When School Bus Overturns

Louisiana officials say a school bus carrying about 38 children has overturned, with 11 children and the driver suffering what were described as minor to moderate injuries. Louisiana State Police Trooper Dustin Dwight says it happened Monday morning near Greensburg …

Wisconsin Police Officers Targeting Aggressive Drivers

Police across Wisconsin have ramped up efforts to stop aggressive driving by writing more speeding tickets. The strategy is appearing to work, as citations increased nearly 7 percent in 2015, to more than 172,000, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. Before …

Report: Self-Driving Prototypes Getting Better at Navigating California Streets

Self-driving car prototypes appear to be getting better at negotiating California streets and highways without a human backup driver intervening, according to data made public by California transportation regulators. The data reflect safety-related incidents reported by 11 companies that have …

Seat Belt Usage in Massachusetts Has Grown but Still Lags U.S., Study Finds

Seat belt usage has climbed to an all-time high in Massachusetts, yet according to new research from the state highway safety division more than one in five motorists still do not buckle up. An observational study conducted for the agency …