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Spike in New Mexico Traffic Deaths in August

New Mexico saw a spike in traffic fatalities in August as a deadly crash involving a passenger bus and a semi-trailer killed nine people. Preliminary data compiled by the state Transportation Department and the University of New Mexico shows more …

Newspaper: Sturgis Rally Traffic Deaths Likely Higher Than Official Count

A newspaper says the total number of traffic fatalities for this year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota may be higher than the state’s official count of four. The Rapid City Journal counted at least nine deaths associated with the …

Data Shows Arizona Traffic Fatalities Continue to Rise

The Arizona Department of Transportation says 1,000 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes last year. A new statewide report released this week shows 2017 marked the third straight year of increases for traffic fatalities. The total was up from …

Arkansas Cities Are Focus of Study on Limiting Pedestrian Deaths

A federally funded study focusing on two Arkansas cities will serve as an outline for statewide efforts to reduce pedestrian deaths. Two metropolitan planning organizations in Jonesboro and Little Rock are sharing a $100,000 grant from the Federal Highway Administration …

Study Suggests Pedestrian Fatalities May be Linked to Smartphone, Marijuana Use

For the second year in a row, nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. in 2017, according to projections from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), which further suggests the high numbers could be linked …

Iowa Roads Were Safer Last Year, Fatality Statistics Suggest

State statistics on traffic-related deaths suggest Iowa roads were safer last year than in 2016. Iowa Department of Transportation figures show that 329 people died in traffic-related incidents in 2017, as of Dec. 29. The 2016 figure: 398. The drop …

Texas Officials: At Least 1 Traffic Death per Day Since 2000

At least one person has died on Texas roadways every day since November 2000, state traffic safety officials say. The Texas Department of Transportation said that since Nov. 7, 2000, fatalities resulting from motor vehicle crashes on Texas roadways have …

Number of Road Construction Work Zone Deaths High in Iowa

Iowa officials say a surge in construction projects and an increase in miles driven by motorists have led to a high number of people dying in road construction work zone crashes this year. Ten people have died in work zone …

Charter Bus with Texas School Athletes Crashes; 2 Dead

Texas Department of Public Safety authorities say two people are dead after a head-on crash involving a pickup truck and a chartered bus carrying 34 coaches and athletes from seven El Paso high schools returning home from a regional track …

Texas Truck Driver Charged in Fatal Oklahoma Crash Has Died

A Texas truck driver accused of causing a 2014 crash in Oklahoma that killed four college softball players has died by suicide at his home. The prosecutor in the Oklahoma case, Murray County District Attorney Craig Ladd, confirmed to The …