highway safety News

Utah Seeing Increase in Drug-Related Deadly Crashes, Report Shows

The number of fatal car crashes linked to drivers on drugs has spiked in the last two years in Utah while alcohol-related fatal wrecks have declined slightly, state figures show. The state Legislature’s annual report on driving under the influence …

Federal Investigators Say Fatigue, Poor Safety Cause of Deadly California Bus Crash

Federal safety investigators say a sleep-deprived driver and a bus company with a poor safety record were causes of an August 2016 crash in California’s Central Valley that killed four passengers and injured 20 others, including the driver. The National …

Steel Posts Being Installed Along Las Vegas Strip for Safety

Crews are installing the first set of bollard safety posts along the southern portion of the Las Vegas that are meant to keep pedestrians safe. Officials say the thick steel posts are capable of withstanding impact from a 15,000-pound vehicle …

Oregon Cop Says New Phone Law Makes Smartphones Like ‘Hot Lava’

In the three years that Springfield police officer Mike Massey has been a motorcycle traffic enforcement officer, he’s seen it all when it comes to cellphone use and driving. In addition to witnessing drivers talking or texting on their cellphones …

Driver Assist on Big Rigs Being Tested by Oregon Vehicle Manufacturer

A Portland-based manufacturer of commercial vehicles is performing trials on Oregon highways of tractor-trailers with driver-assist technology. The Bend Bulletin reported Daimler Trucks North America is testing the same technology that keeps cars in their own lanes and provides automatic …

San Francisco Bay Area Highways Worst in California for Animal Collisions

Highways that run through the pricey real estate of the Silicon Valley and the San Francisco area are California’s most dangerous for coyotes, deer and other wildlife. A study released by the University of California Davis found that the Bay …

Idaho Taps Utah Company to Deploy App for Eclipse Traffic

Idaho Transportation Department officials are hoping technology from a Utah company will help improve traveler safety if traffic comes to a complete halt during the solar eclipse. Millions across the country are expected to travel to the path of totality, …

Lawyer Says Blown Tire Caused Livestreamed, Deadly Crash in California

The defense attorney for a teenage driver accused of driving drunk while livestreaming the crash that killed her younger sister says a mechanical problem may have caused the accident in California. The Merced Sun-Star reported Obdulia Sanchez’s lawyer told a …

Vermont Governor Creating Commission for Pot Legalization Issues

Vermont Governor Phil Scott says he’s organizing a commission to study issues related to the legalization of marijuana and will announce members in the next few days. Vermont Public Radio reports retail outlets in Maine and Massachusetts will begin selling …

University of Michigan Gets $2.5M to Study Opioid Epidemic, Other Injuries

The University of Michigan Injury Center has received $2.5 million from the Centers for Disease Control for research into the prevention of prescription drug overdoses, concussion, youth violence, motor vehicle crashes, sexual violence, falls and other injuries. “Injury is the …