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Montana Law to Raise Some Highway Speed Limits to 80 Mph

Speed limits on rural interstate highways in Montana will increase to 80 mph this fall, but the cost of a speeding ticket will go up, too. Gov. Steve Bullock signed Senate Bill 375 on Monday. The new law will increase …

Iowa Urged to Toughen Rules on Teen Driving

A safety research organization is urging Iowa to toughen its rules for teenager driver’s licenses. The Des Moines Register reports that a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says Iowa could cut its rate of fatal teen accidents …

CSAA Insurance Group’s Meyer Named to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Board

CSAA Insurance Group Chief Operations Officer Greg Meyer was named a board member of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Meyer joined CSAA Insurance Group, an AAA Insurer, in 2014. Before that Meyer was the senior personal lines executive at …

Symposium Panelists Say New Car Technology May Not Lower Insurance Rates

More cars and trucks are being equipped with cameras, radar, automatic braking and other safety technology that help avoid accidents, but drivers may not see their insurance bills go down anytime soon, experts in the auto and insurance industries said …

N.J. Red-Light Cameras Lose Support as Drivers Gripe Over Robotics, Glitches

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is leaning toward eliminating red-light cameras after a five-year test was fraught with glitches and gripes, even as data showed fewer crashes at intersections with the equipment. A pilot program begun in 2009 that snaps …

Montana and Arizona Lone States Without Texting Laws, but Does it Matter?

Arizona and Montana stand out as the only states without some form of texting and driving law, but some studies show there’s no evidence that laws intended to curb cellphone use behind the wheel reduce crashes. Fourty-four other states plus Washington, …

Crash-Avoiding Automatic Brakes Becoming Standard Equipment: IIHS

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) and Daimler AG are among automakers that are improving and speeding up their use of automatic brakes as part of efforts to reduce front-end crashes, a U.S. safety group said. The BMW 5-Series and Daimler’s …

Carmakers, Regulators Looking Into Flaws in Air Bag Technology

When Ford Motor Co. recalled 600,000 sport-utility vehicles last week, it became the fourth carmaker this year to acknowledge an issue with malfunctioning air bags. So far in 2014, automakers in the U.S. have recalled about 6.6 million cars and …

Grandpa and Grandma Much Safer Behind the Wheel Than Predicted

Safety researchers expressed concern a decade ago that traffic accidents would increase as the nation’s aging population swelled the number of older drivers on the road. Now, they say they’ve been proved wrong. Today’s drivers aged 70 and older are …

Minicars Perform Worst in Frontal Crash Test, Says Insurance Safety Institute

Minicars such as the Fiat 500 and Honda Fit performed worse than any other vehicle segment in a frontal crash test that mimics what happens when a car hits another vehicle, utility pole or tree. Of the 11 minicars tested …