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Virginia Looks for Ways to Reduce Animal-Vehicle Accidents

A Virginia study aimed at reducing collisions between vehicles and animals is targeting a section of Interstate 64 near Waynesboro. Lead researcher Bridget Donaldson tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch that 30 percent of the accidents on the 18 mile-section are collisions …

Virginia DOT Studies Wildlife Travel Patterns to Increase Roadway Safety

The Virginia Department of Transportation is working to make roads safer for both wildlife and motorists. The agency’s research division is conducting a three-year study on animal travel patterns that is set to be completed in late 2015. Officials say …

Avon Mountain Crash Lawsuits Dismissed in Connecticut

The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled on Monday that victims of the 2005 fiery crash at the bottom of Avon Mountain that killed four people and injured 19 others cannot sue the state on allegations that Route 44 had a dangerously …

Drunken Driving Crackdown Among New Maine Laws

A new Maine law that aims to crack down on people with multiple drunken driving violations is among several that kicked in last Friday, roughly three months after the Democratic-led Legislature wrapped up its short, combative session. The new law …

‘Look, Ma, No Steering Wheel’ in Google’s Autonomous Car

Google Inc. is building cars that don’t have steering wheels, accelerator pedals or brake pedals, in an ambitious expansion of the Internet company’s efforts to develop self-driving cars. The small electric cars, which seat two passengers, are currently prototypes that …

North Carolina’s Teen Driving Log Results in Fewer Fatalities, More Violations

The numbers of teen driving deaths and injuries have fallen in North Carolina but moving violations are up since the state’s General Assembly imposed new requirements on young drivers and their parents before teens can drive fully on their own, …

N.H. Expands Highway Safety Patrol With Help From State Farm

The state of New Hampshire is expanding its highway safety patrol, which helps stranded motorists. The patrol is now operating in Nashua, Merrimack, Bedford, Hooksett and Concord. The expansion, which started last Thursday, brings in the F.E. Everett Turnpike. The …

N.J. Legislative Proposal Could Ban Snacking, Smoking Behind the Wheel

Drivers in New Jersey could possibly be pulled over for snacking, smoking or putting on make-up behind the wheel under a bill that has been advanced in the state Assembly. The proposed law would fine drivers found to “engage in …

Rhode Island State Police Push to Require Hands-Free Phones

The head of the Rhode Island State Police says they are pushing to require the use of hands-free devices when using a cellphone while driving. Col. Steven O’Donnell tells WLNE-TV that he will ask the General Assembly to make it …

Collisions Between Cars, Deer Increasing in Delaware

The number of collisions between deer and vehicles in Delaware is growing as state officials work to reduce the deer population. Citing statistics released recently by State Farm Insurance, The News Journal of Wilmington reports that Delaware drivers have a …