U.S. Department of Transportation News

Mississippi Receives $23M in Federal Funds for Flood Relief

Mississippi has received nearly $23 million in emergency relief funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation to repair federal roadways that were damaged by severe flooding. U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith announced the five Federal Highway Administration awards on Thursday, according …

Three People Killed in Train-Vehicle Collision on Long Island

Two commuter trains traveling in opposite directions collided with a vehicle on the tracks in Westbury in Long Island, N.Y., killing all three occupants in the vehicle before one of the trains derailed and tore into a concrete platform Tuesday …

Alabama Chiropractor Gets 3 Years in Trucker Health Exam Fraud Case

An Alabama-based chiropractor, who was accused in a scheme to conduct fraudulent physical examinations on prospective long-haul truckers and submit false documents to federal transportation regulators, has been sentenced to more than three years in prison. Chief U.S. District Judge …

Georgia Doctor Pleads Guilty to Falsifying Trucker Safety Exams

An Atlanta doctor has pleaded guilty to falsifying medical examination records for commercial truck drivers. Court records show 72-year-old Dr. Anthony Lefteris pleaded guilty last week to counts of falsifying documents and entering false information into U.S. Department of Transportation …

California Tour Bus Crash Leaves 1 Killed, 26 Injured

A tour bus crossed into oncoming traffic and hit two cars head-on, killing one woman and injuring 26 others in the Southern California high desert, according to the California Highway Patrol. It’s unclear why the tour bus crossed into the …

U.S. Picks North Carolina Turnpike Authority to Assist With Testing Driverless Cars

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently designated the North Carolina Turnpike Authority to help with testing driverless cars. A statement from the N.C. Department of Transportation on Friday said the authority was selected from a competitive group of more than …

State Agency Advocates for Self-Driving Car Legislation in Maryland

Maryland state’s Motor Vehicle Administration is advocating legislation that would transfer regulatory power of self-driving cars to the agency and the state police, saying the change may improve safety on Maryland roads and reduce human error. Motor Vehicle Administration representative …

Deadly Oklahoma Rail Crossing Flagged for Improvements in 2011

Records indicate that the railroad crossing where a woman and her three sons died Sunday in eastern Oklahoma had been flagged for safety improvements since at least 2011. Thirty-seven-year-old April Goines and her sons were killed when the car they …

Federal Transportation Officials Want Self-Driving Cars Sooner

Federal transportation officials are rethinking their position on self-driving cars with an eye toward getting the emerging technology into the public’s hands, according to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Transportation. Just two years ago, the agency struck a …

New Mexico Police Use Software to Stop Distracted Driving

Farmington police may be the first in New Mexico to crack down on distracted officers who try to use a patrol computer while driving. New software to prevent distracted driving has been installed in most of the department’s vehicles in …