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German Insurer Uses Phone App to Help Improve Young Driver Safety

Signal Iduna, a German insurance provider, has launched a new car insurance policy through ‘sijox’, its young customer brand. “AppDrive powered by TomTom” uses a smartphone app to provide feedback on driving performance, to help increase road safety awareness for …

Maryland County Eyes Doubling Fines for Passing School Buses

Police have issued tickets to 730 drivers for passing stopped school buses in Maryland’s Montgomery County in the past nine months. Police say that number is way too high. In Maryland’s Washington County, just over 100 tickets were issued during …

NYC Council Sets 25 MPH Residential Street Speed Limit

The New York City Council has passed a bill lowering the maximum speed limit on most residential streets to 25 mph. The change is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s effort to cut down on pedestrian deaths. It will go …

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 …

D.C. Council Weighs Giving Bicyclists More Rights

The D.C. Council is considering changing a law to give bicyclists a better chance to recoup medical costs after collisions with cars. A District liability law currently requires accidents to be 100 percent the driver’s fault for a bicyclist to …

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 …