highway fatalities

Government, Business, Safety

NHTSA Projects Fewer Q1 Year-Over-Year Traffic Fatalities

Light traffic in California Light traffic moves along California 110 toward downtown Los Angeles on March 31. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

A statistical projection of overall traffic fatalities for the first quarter of 2020 shows that an estimated 7,780 people died in crashes, a decrease of nearly 1%, or 70 fewer fatalities compared with the first quarter of 2019, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
June 22, 2020
Government, Safety

Advocates Ranks Best, Worst States for Enacting Highway Safety Laws

Advocates for Highway Safety map See the full map in the report below. (Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety)

For the fourth year in a row, Rhode Island has topped Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety’s list evaluating states’ road safety enforcement efforts.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 23, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA’s Top Priority in 2020: Reducing Large-Truck Fatalities

Jim Mullen Jim Mullen in 2018 by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

WASHINGTON — Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Acting Administrator Jim Mullen has tasked his entire agency with finding ways in 2020 to turn around an increase in large-truck fatalities over the past four years.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 14, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Fatalities in Crashes Involving Large Trucks Increased by Just Under 1% From 2017 to 2018

Highway traffic LM Otero/AP

Fatalities in crashes involving large trucks increased by just under 1% from 2017 to 2018, to 4,951 from 4,905, according to statistics released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
October 22, 2019
Government, Business

FMCSA Says Rate of Truck-Occupant Deaths and Fatal Crashes Continues to Climb

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WASHINGTON ­­— Federal trucking regulators expressed concern over increasing numbers of large-truck-involved fatal crashes in work zones and a continuing increase in the number of fatalities of large-truck occupants.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 15, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

US Traffic Deaths Fell Slightly in First Half of Year

Miami traffic jam The number of people killed on U.S. roads fell slightly in the first half of 2018. (Getty Images)

DETROIT — The number of people killed on U.S. roads fell slightly in the first half of 2018, but a top safety organization says it’s likely that there will be little change in the number of deaths from 2017 by the end of the year.

August 22, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Road to Zero Coalition Charts Ambitious Goal to Reduce Traffic Deaths by 2050

Female truck driver wearing a seat belt Among other recommendations, the report urges 100% compliance with seat belt use. (Getty Images)

National Safety Council CEO Deborah Hersman noted the goal of the newly formed Road to Zero Coalition is to dramatically reduce traffic deaths.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
April 25, 2018
Government, Safety

Speeding Crackdown Targets High-Risk Routes in Southeast

Maggi Gunnels, Harris Blackwood Gunnels, Blackwood by Tennessee Highway Safety Office

State and local law enforcement officers from five Southeastern states are out in large numbers in a special enforcement operation primarily looking for trucks and cars speeding on highways and interstates.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
July 18, 2017