highway safety News

Utah Oks Bill to Enable Police to Ticket for Seatbelts

Utah’s Republican governor has signed a bill that that would allow police to pull over drivers for not wearing seatbelts. The measure signed by Gov. Gary Herbert on Monday makes it a primary offense for drivers older than 19 to …

Bill to Up Montana Highway Speeds Proposed

Montana lawmakers on Friday heard the session’s fourth proposal to increase highway speed limits. Republican Rep. Art Wittich proposed a ballot referendum Friday for voters to decide whether to raise highway speed limits by 5 mph. Wittich said the proposal …

Settlement Reached in Deadly California Lexus Crash

Parents of a family that died when their Lexus sped up and crashed on a San Diego County, Calif. freeway have settled a lawsuit against the former car dealer. California Highway Patrol Officer Mark Saylor, his wife, brother-in-law and 13-year-old …

Idaho Lawmakers Take Up Guidelines For Driverless Cars

Idaho citizens could soon be sharing the road with driverless cars. A Senate panel considered a bill earlier this week that would allow companies to test self-driving cars on Idaho highways. Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Sen. Bert Brackett says the plan’s …

Utah House Passes Proposal to Toughen Seatbelt Law

Drivers who don’t wear seatbelts could be stopped by police under a proposal that has cleared the Utah House of Representatives. Republican Rep. Lee Perry of Perry says the bill that passed the House Tuesday will strengthen the seatbelt law …

Wyoming Lawmakers Consider Raising State Highway Speed Limits

State senators have advanced a bill that would increase the speed limit to 70 mph on some Wyoming highways. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported the Transportation, Highways and Military Affairs committee advanced the bill this week by a 3-2 vote. The …

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 …