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How States Rate in Preventing Home, Auto, Work Accidents

No state goes far enough to protect its residents from leading causes of preventable deaths and injuries – commonly known as “accidents” – on the road, in homes and communities and at work, according to the National Safety Council. Despite …

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 …

Lucky to Be Alive, Calling for a Revolution in Road Safety

Three weeks ago, I was walking home on a dark, snowy night in Concord, Massachusetts. The next thing I knew, I was in a hospital, hooked up to some kind of machine. I could not lift my legs or even …

How to Identify Older Adults at Risk for Unsafe Driving

Almost half of all drivers on the nation’s roads are over the age of 65 and this number is projected to increase to 77 percent in the next 30 years. Adults over the age of 65 have the highest crash …

Pennsylvania’s York County Sees Sharp Rise in Roadside Deaths

Nita Stout of York, Pennsylvania, was known in some parts of Lewisberry as “the walker.” It was what the Bangladeshi mother of four boys liked to do, usually in the mornings. She did it for exercise and as a way …

Officials: 45 Died in Rhode Island Vehicle Crashes Last Year

Rhode Island transportation officials say 45 people died on the state’s roadways last year, a steady decline from previous years. Most victims were in a motor vehicle. Nine were riding bicycles and eight were pedestrians. Transportation Director Peter Alviti says …

Rhode Island Attorney General Urges Teens to Not Text While Driving

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is urging teenage drivers to not use their cell phones while driving as part of the fourth annual “It Can Wait” campaign in the state. Kilmartin kicked off this year’s effort on Sept. 25 …

Upward Trend in Highway Fatalities Draws Concern in Delaware

AAA Mid-Atlantic says Delaware drivers need to slow down and pay better attention when behind the wheel. Alarmed by an upward trend in road deaths this year, the motor club says too many drivers are engaging in unsafe behavior, including …

Safety Experts Warn Smart Car Dashboard Screens Distract Drivers

When it comes to dashboard displays that are more like smart phones, two things are clear: Customers want them, and automakers are intent on supplying them. But are they really a good idea? Car companies answer with an emphatic yes. …

Google Offering Railroad Crossings Alerts for Drivers

Google will add audio and visual alerts to warn drivers about upcoming railroad crossings on Google’s navigation system, the U.S. Federal Railroad Administration announced on Monday. The agency also asked four other companies – Apple, Garmin, Tom Tom and AOL’s …