Road safety

May 30, 2019 - 9:53 am
DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government's highway safety agency is investigating whether a 5-year-old General Motors seat belt recall fixed the problem. The recall covered about 1.4 million Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook SUVs from the 2009 through 2014 model years. GM...
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FILE- In this Feb. 9, 2019 file photo, a sign bearing the company logo is displayed outside a Tesla store in Cherry Creek Mall in Denver. A new automatic lane-change feature of Tesla’s Autopilot system doesn’t work well and could be a safety risk to drivers, according to tests performed by Consumer Reports. Senior Director of Auto Testing Jake Fisher said in a statement Wednesday, May 22, that the system doesn’t appear to react to brake lights or turn signals, and it can’t anticipate what other drivers will do. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
May 22, 2019 - 3:59 pm
DETROIT (AP) — A new automatic lane-change feature of Tesla's Autopilot system doesn't work well and could be a safety risk to drivers, according to tests performed by Consumer Reports. The magazine and website tested "Navigate on Autopilot" and found it less competent than human drivers, cutting...
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The Advanced Frontal Protection device is shown directly in front of IndyCar driver Josef Newgarden as climbs into his car during auto racing testing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Wednesday, April 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
April 24, 2019 - 4:34 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Will Power got his first real glimpse at IndyCar's new debris deflector Wednesday. He is still getting used to the small piece on the front of his race car. The defending Indianapolis 500 champion and 2014 series champion was one of nearly two dozen drivers who spent Wednesday...
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FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 file photo, pedestrians cross a rainy street in downtown Los Angeles. According to a study released in April 2019 in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, even light rain significantly increases the risk of a fatal car crash. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
April 23, 2019 - 4:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Even light rain significantly increases your risk of a fatal car crash, a new study finds. The wetter the roads, the deadlier they become, with rain, snow and ice increasing the risk of deadly car crashes by 34%, according to a study this week in the Bulletin of the American...
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Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, middle, smiles after signing into law a bill regarding distracted driving as he is joined by legislators, like bill sponsor Kate Brophy McGee, left, R-Phoenix, members of law enforcement and family members of victims of distracted drivers, during a ceremony at the Arizona Capitol Monday, April 22, 2019, in Phoenix. Arizona becomes the 48th state to ban texting and the 18th to ban any hand-held phone use while driving. Officers can begin issuing warnings immediately and can write tickets in 2021. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
April 22, 2019 - 6:11 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona ended a decade of resistance to restrictions on using a cellphone while driving when Gov. Doug Ducey signed a law Monday outlawing holding a phone behind the wheel. It is now the 48th state to ban texting and the 18th to ban hand-held phone use while driving, according to the...
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Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers, R-Mesa, offers up an amendment as lawmakers debate among three proposed laws that are designed to deal with distracted driving caused by cellphone use on the floor of the House of Representatives at the Arizona Capitol Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
April 18, 2019 - 5:21 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — The small list of states that allow either texting while driving or hand-held cellphone use is shrinking after the Arizona House on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a cellphone use ban and sent it to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey for his expected signature. Arizona, Missouri and Montana...
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FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2016, file photo, a ride share car displays Lyft and Uber stickers on its front windshield in downtown Los Angeles. Law enforcement agencies and ride-hailing companies are intensifying efforts to warn passengers against getting in without checking to ensure both the vehicle and driver are legitimate. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
April 07, 2019 - 9:28 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Law enforcement agencies and ride-hailing companies are intensifying efforts to educate passengers about safety following the slaying of a University of South Carolina student who mistakenly got into a vehicle she thought was her Uber. Experts say would-be robbers and assailants...
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Several bullet holes can be seen in the driver's side window of a Metro Bus on Northeast 125th Street, between 32nd and 33rd Avenues Northeast after a shooting in Seattle, Wednesday March 27, 2019. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times via AP)
March 28, 2019 - 1:14 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — A bus driver hailed as a hero for steering his bus away from a gunman who opened fire in Seattle on him and his passengers says he was just doing his job but is "glad to be alive." Eric Stark was hit in the torso by a bullet but authorities have said he still managed to turn the bus...
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FILE - In this May 10, 2017 file photo, Ben Lieberman poses for a photo at his home in Chappaqua, N.Y. Lieberman, whose 19-year-old son died in a crash involving distracted driving, is urging support for a legislative proposal that would make Nevada the first state in the U.S. to allow police to use prototype technology to find out if a person was using a cellphone during a car crash. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)
March 17, 2019 - 10:44 am
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Most states ban texting behind the wheel, but a legislative proposal could make Nevada one of the first states to allow police to use a contentious technology to find out if a person was using a cellphone during a car crash. The measure is igniting privacy concerns and has...
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FILE - In this Dec. 26, 2018 file photo, pedestrians are silhouetted against wet pavement as they walk in the Country Club Plaza shopping district in Kansas City, Mo. The number of pedestrians killed on U.S. roads last year was the highest in 28 years, according to a report from a safety organization. Using data reported by states, the Governors Highway Safety Association estimates that 6,227 pedestrians were killed last year. That’s up 4 percent from 2017 and 35 percent since 2008. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
February 28, 2019 - 4:36 pm
DETROIT (AP) — The number of pedestrians killed on U.S. roads last year was the highest in 28 years, an increase due in part to driver and walker distraction, alcohol and drug impairment and more SUVs on the road, a safety organization report says. Using data reported by states for the first half...
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