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Michigan Officials: Crashes Up but Traffic Deaths Down in 2014

Michigan traffic deaths totaled less than 900 last year for the first time since 2011 despite an increase in the total number of crashes in 2014, officials announced. There were 876 traffic deaths in 2014, down 8 percent from 951 …

Suits over Texas Softball Team’s Fatal Crash Settled or Dismissed

Though final report on an Oklahoma bus crash that killed four North Central Texas College softball players is still pending, three lawsuits have been dismissed or settled, though the reasons and terms have not been released. The team was traveling …

North Dakota Oil Patch Highway Is State’s Most Dangerous

The main north-south artery in North Dakota’s oil patch is the most dangerous stretch of road in the state, newly released statistics show. U.S. Highway 85 had the most fatal accidents, injury accidents and property damage accidents, according to a …

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 …

Texas to Help Pay Final Costs for Those Killed in Prison Bus Wreck

Texas will pay up to $6,000 in final expenses for two guards and eight inmates killed when a prison bus went off an icy highway and hit a freight train. The Odessa American reports the funds for funerals and burial …

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 …

Ohio Traffic Deaths Increased in 2014

Preliminary data indicate the number of Ohio traffic deaths for the past year probably won’t be another record low and might go back above 1,000. The State Highway Patrol reports 973 fatalities for the year, with at least 37 more …

Virginia State Police: 5 Traffic Deaths Over Thanksgiving Holiday

Virginia State Police say the state recorded its smallest number of Thanksgiving weekend traffic fatalities in more than two decades. Five people died during the holiday reporting period, which began at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, and ended at midnight …

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 …

Texas’ Oil Boom Counties See Rise in Traffic Deaths

Vehicle crash deaths are significantly up in parts of Texas where oil and gas production is booming the most. The Houston Chronicle reports that deaths rose more than 50 percent in the West Texas counties located on the Permian Basin. …