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Daily News Briefs for February 24, 2015

DRIC Clears Litigation Hurdle Rhode Island Gov Drops the "T" Word CT Border Tolls Raise Questions TX Lawmaker Wants to Sunset Tolls WSJ: Nation's Highway Congestion Has a Steep Price Use of Plate...

Don’t Let a Fender Bender Break the Bank

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) there were more than 5.6 million police-reported crashes in the U.S. in 2013. No doubt these crashes can take a huge emotional and financial toll on those impacted – and you might be surprised to learn what your policy covers, and doesn’t cover. The price tag [...]

NHTSA To Congress: Pull Recalled Used, Rental Vehicles Off The Road

The next vehicle the TTAC Zaibatsu or the B&B rent could be safer if Congress heeds the call of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. AutoGuide reports the NHTSA is calling upon Congress to pass legislation that would bar...Show More Summary

States Seek Alternatives For Highway, Bridge Funding

4 days agoNews : Huffington Post

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Touted as one of the first interstate highways, a 200-mile span of Interstate 70 between suburban St. Louis and Kansas City stands as a prime example of the challenges facing the nation's roads. Built in the...Show More Summary

NHTSA Fines Airbag Maker $14,000 a Day

Airbag-manufacturer Takata will be fined $14,000 a day by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration because it has not cooperated with a probe of its faulty airbags, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced today. Related: NHTSA Urges Quick Fix of Defective...

US spends 2.3 billion dollars trying to make car culture work in the snow. #autosprawlsubsidy

NBC "Winter road maintenance swallows 20 percent of state department of transportation maintenance budgets nationally, according to the Federal Highway Administration. State and local agencies spend more than $2.3 billion on snow and ice control operations annually."

Photographs: The Great Rift Valley From Above in Kenya

As we were driving north on highway B3 — which is one of the main roads out of Nairobi which eventually turns east after passing through the town of Mai Mahiu while on our way towards Masai Mara National Reserve — the downgrade of the...Show More Summary

Peru is planning a highway through the world’s most biodiverse protected place

  In Peru, they’re planning to pave paradise and lay down a freeway. Scientists highlighted Peru’s Manu National Park last year as being at the top of the list of natural protected areas in terms of amphibian and reptile diversity. The park

Clock Ticks as Lawmakers View Highway Bill

Feb. 13--Passage of a long-term federal transportation bill would seem assured because of its import, its capacity to create jobs and its bipartisan bearing. Well, not so fast. Over the last six years, the nation's surface transportation...Show More Summary

Which Drugs Are the Deadliest to Drive On?

This month the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a report (pdf) called "Drug and Alcohol Crash Risk" that took a look at how often illegal drugs cause car accidents. In a finding that should surprise nobody, researchers found that people who used drugs were more likely to crash. Show More Summary

Record 63.9 million vehicles recalled in U.S. in 2014

2 weeks agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

Automakers recalled a record 63.9 million vehicles in the U.S. last year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a Thursday report.

New NHTSA Chief Wants To Create Team Focused On Spotting Defects

Just a month into his new gig as the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Mark Rosekind unveiled his vision for the future of the agency, including increasing staff and creating two new divisions to help step up efforts to identify defects and alert motorists about issues and recalls. The Detroit News reports that Rosekind’s plan hinges on … [More]

Stoned driving not actually dangerous says official US traffic study

"Drivers who use marijuana are at a significantly lower risk of being in a crash than drivers who use alcohol, a new study from the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows. "And after adjusting for age, gender, race and...Show More Summary

Pot Doesn’t Kill Motorists, Dopes Kill Motorists: US Government Study

A new study undertaken by the United States Government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has found that while marijuana users are more likely to be involved in traffic accidents, it isn’t always a direct result of the drug. Show More Summary

Marijuana DUIs Are On the Rise: Time to Shift Your DUI Practice?

Old and busted: drunken driving. New hotness? Drugged driving. The latest survey conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that incidents of driving under the influence of alcohol are down by a third since 2007. That's good news for road safety, but there's some bad news too:......

Marijuana Users Are Way Less Likely To Get In An Accident Than Alcohol Users

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a study comparing the relative driving safety risk of alcohol use and marijuana use, respectively, and it has a few important takeaways, as explained in depth by the Washington Post. Basically, it boils down to “marijuana users are less likely to be in accidents than alcohol users,” but […]

Nearly a quarter of drivers test positive for drugs in NHTSA study

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is trying to better understand impaired driving in two newly released studies. The first finds the percentage of drugged drivers growing, and the second questions the effect they have on accident rates. Show More Summary

How just a couple drinks make your odds of a car crash skyrocket

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released a pair of reports on drunk and drugged driving. I've already written about how the data show that stoned driving is a lot safer than drunk driving. But one of the reports also quantifies the increase in crash risk as a driver's blood alcohol concentration (BAC) increases, […]

Stoned drivers are a lot safer than drunk ones, new federal data show

A new study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finds that drivers who use marijuana are at a significantly lower risk for a crash than drivers who use alcohol. And after adjusting for age, gender, race and alcohol use, drivers who tested positive for marijuana  were no more likely to crash than who had not used any […]

Alcohol Use Down, Drug Use Up Behind the Wheel

2 weeks agoVehicles / Cars : Kicking Tires

Two new studies from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that while drunken driving has decreased over the past decade, incidents of driving under the influence of marijuana or prescription drugs has increased. Related: AAA: Marijuana Impairment While Driving...

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