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Kids’ Car Seats, Ridesharing Popularity Prompt Focus on Back Seat Safety

Crash-test dummies, who have dutifully endured thousands of simulated accidents from the front seat, are about to get a ride in the back. Regulators are making the move as part of a new emphasis on the safety of back-seat passengers, …

Training for Penn. Police Aims to Reduce Traffic-Related Deaths

Training showing police ways to reduce the chances of dying in a traffic-related incident included something as simple as buckling up. For 27-year police veteran Scott Slagle, the message provided during a recent training program in Delmont, Pennsylvania, was preaching …

U.S. Safety Officials Push Self-Braking Technology for Cars, Trains, Trucks

Safety officials want to see more technology used to reduce accidents on U.S. roads, airways and railroads. In its annual “Most Wanted” list, the National Transportation Safety Board is urging government regulators and industry to move more quickly to adopt …

South Dakota Sees Uptick in Un-Belted Driver Deaths

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety says there has been a significant bump in the number of drivers who die because they crash while not wearing a seat belt this year. Public Safety Department Secretary Trevor Jones said that …

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 …

Seat Belt Enforcement Boosted In 40 Michigan Counties

Law enforcement officials in 40 Michigan counties are stepping up enforcement of seat belt regulations. The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning says the annual “Click It or Ticket” safety belt enforcement zones and extra enforcement begin Monday. Officials last …

Car Makers Offered Relaxed Regulation for Installing Ignition Lock Tied to Seat Belt Use

A U.S. regulator’s offer to relax auto safety rules for manufacturers that install technology to prevent drivers from starting a car unless seatbelts are fastened drew swift opposition from safety advocates. Cars featuring so-called seatbelt interlock devices would be given …

Traffic Deaths Continue to Rise in Minnesota

The number of people killed on Minnesota roadways is on the rise again. State officials say there have been 204 deaths already this year. And, if the current pace continues, it the number could surpass the 395 fatalities in 2012. …

New Safety Recommendations for School Buses Weighed

Federal accident investigators are considering new safety recommendations for school buses, large trucks and commercial drivers based on two similar fatal crashes in New Jersey and Florida last year. The National Transportation Safety Board was meeting this week to consider …

Safety Board Recommends ‘Talking Vehicles’ Technology in New Models

The government should set performance standards for new safety technology that allows cars and trucks to talk to each other and then require the technology be installed in all new vehicles, a federal accident investigation board recommended this week. The …