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September 28, 2017

Oregon Gets Tougher Distracted Driving Law

A new Oregon state law banning handheld electronic devices while driving will take effect on Sunday, Oct. 1. The new law also imposes higher penalties. Video courtesy of KGW.

August 29, 2017

Marijuana-Linked Road Deaths Up in Colorado

In 2016, Colorado drivers in fatal crashes tested positive for marijuana 20% of the time. The state voted to legalize recreational use of the drug in late 2012.  

August 1, 2017

Ohio Court Clears Path for City Traffic Cameras

In a 5-2 vote, the Ohio Supreme Court rules that some provisions of the state’s law governing the use of red-light and speed cameras are unconstitutional.

July 10, 2017

Kansas Seat Belt Fines Triple

The beginning of July has seen traffic fines for seat belt violations in Kansas triple, increasing from $10 to $30. Video courtesy of KSCW/KWCH.

July 10, 2017

Report Warns States About Marijuana Legalization

A new government report explores the downstream effects of state laws legalizing marijuana use and offers advice to states likely to change their laws in the future.

July 9, 2017

A Distracted Driver's Close Call

Traffic enforcement video from an intersection in Lakewood, Wash., shows a distracted driver narrowly missing a transit bus. Washington's new distracted driving law, which bans the use of handheld phones while driving, goes into effect July 23. Video courtesy of the City of Lakewood and TheOlympian.com.

June 27, 2017

Safety Council Grades States on Safety Policies

In the category of road safety, the top five performers are Illinois, Louisiana, Washington D.C., Delaware and Maine.

June 27, 2017

Safety Council's State of Safety Report

The National Safety Council has released a report that grades individual states on their efforts to prevent injury and death. No state received an overall A grade. For the full story, which zeroes in on road safety in particular, click here. Video courtesy of the National Safety Council.

June 6, 2017

Texas Texting Ban Takes Effect in September

After a decade of failed legislative attempts, the state finally has a law on the books that prohibits texting while driving.

June 1, 2017

Wash. Gets Stricter Distracted Driving Law

The new state law, which takes effect July 23, prohibits driver use of handheld electronic devices.

May 30, 2017

Wash. Toughens Distracted Driving Law

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signs an anti-distracted driving bill into law and surprises his bill-signing ceremony audience by moving up the effective date to July 23 of this year. Video courtesy of Gov. Inslee's office. For the full story, click here.

April 15, 2017

New N.D. Distracted Driving Law Passes

The law amends the state vehicle code to create a $100 fine for distracted driving that leads to a moving violation or causes a crash.

April 1, 2017

The Importance of Banning Phone Use in Your Fleet

Despite varying state laws, fleet drivers should consider the dangers of using a cellphone while driving. Drivers who use a cellphone while driving are just as likely to crash as someone with a blood alcohol concentration of .08%.

March 10, 2017

Utah to Lower DUI Level to .05% BAC

Utah state legislators have approved a bill lowering the blood alcohol content level for DUI from .08% to .05%, and Governor Gary Herbert is expected to sign the bill into law. Video courtesy of Wochit News via YouTube.

February 28, 2017

Should Fla. Toughen Its Texting Ban?

Legislators, distracted driving victims, and law enforcement representatives discuss whether Florida should make its texting-while-driving ban a primary offense. Video courtesy of WTSP 10News.

February 3, 2017

Five States Have Strictest Traffic Safety Laws

A new report from a safety advocacy group praises the legislative will of Washington, Oregon, Louisiana, Delaware and Rhode Island to advance traffic safety.

January 18, 2017

New York's Window Tint Law

New York's new state law requiring window tint inspection went into effect Jan. 1. Video courtesy of WIVBTV News4.

January 18, 2017

7 States See Higher Gas Taxes

2017 has brought higher gas taxes in seven states: Pennsylvania, Michigan, Nebraska, Georgia, North Carolina, Indiana and Florida. Here's a video report from USA Today.

January 9, 2017

New Traffic Laws in California

California motorists in 2017 face a number of new traffic laws, including one that imposes more restrictions on the use of cell phones. Video courtesy of ABC7 Eyewitness News.

November 14, 2016

Pa. Toughens Distracted Driving Penalties

A related civil case in the state is also raising questions about the liability of employees who send texts to other employees who are driving at the time.

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