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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. …

New York Gov. Cuomo OKs More Speed Cameras in NYC, Long Island

More than 200 new speed cameras are authorized for school zones in New York City and Long Island under legislation signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The cameras will operate during and immediately before and after school activities. …

Ohio Sees Drop in Fatal Motorcycle Crashes

Motorcycle fatalities in Ohio have dropped by 21 percent since 2010, according to state statistics. Statistics show 133 motorcycle fatalities last year; 163 in 2012; 166 in 2011; and 168 in 2010. So far this year there have been 28. …

Wrong-Way Wrecks Warrant Prevention Discussions in Arizona

Arizona highway safety and transportation officials are trying to figure out how to curb wrong-way accidents on Arizona highways. The third such fatal head-on accident the Phoenix area in a week killed two people early Sunday. Five other people died …

Nebraska Supreme Court: Farmers not Negligent in Fatal Crash

A lower court was right to find that farming brothers were not negligent in a 2007 fatal crash where tall corn created a blind intersection, the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled on May 2. The crash occurred on Oct. 6, 2007, …