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Fourth of July Road Fatalities: Safety Council Predicts 160+

Some 164 people may lose their lives on the roadways during the Independence Day holiday period and an additional 18,600 may be seriously injured in motor vehicle crashes, according to data released today by statistics professionals at the National Safety Council (NSC).

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Marijuana: Most Common Drug in Fatally Injured Drivers

Marijuana has become the leading drug found in fatally injured drivers, and its usage has spiked largely because nine states have legalized it for recreational use, according to a new report form Government Highway Safety Association.

U.S. Leads World in Traffic Fatalities

Roadway deaths increased in the U.S. by the highest percentage between 2010 and 2016 among 29 countries, accounting for nearly half of the group's total fatalities in 2016, according to a new report.

Safety Groups Seek End to Roadway Fatalities

A coalition of safety groups has released an ambitious plan to eliminate roadway deaths by 2050 in response to rising fatalities in recent years that have reversed the progress of earlier decades.

Ignition Interlocks Sharply Reduce Drunk Driving Fatalities, IIIHS Finds

States with laws that mandate ignition interlocks for all drunk driving offenders have reduced drunk driving fatalities by 16%, according to a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Uber Settles in Fatal Autonomous Crash

Uber has halted all testing for self-driving vehicles after what is considered the first fatality by an autonomous car.

National Safety Council Grants Help Prevent Roadway Deaths

The National Safety Council's Road to Zero Coalition has awarded its annual grants to support organizations with innovative concepts to make roadways safer and eliminate preventable roadway deaths.

Pedestrian Fatalities Reach Record for Two Consecutive Years

The 5,984 pedestrians killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2017 represents a decrease of just one half of 1% of pedestrian fatalities in 2016, according to a new report from the Governor's Highway Safety Association (GHSA).

Vehicle Fatality Data Causes Concern

Motor vehicle accidents claimed 227 fewer lives in 2017 compared to the earlier year, which equates to a 0.5% decline to 40,100, the National Safety Council (NSC) has found. However, it would be a 6% increase from 2015.

Utah's Anti-Distracted Driving Campaign

The Utah Department of Transportation released new statistics on 2017 road deaths and launched a new plan to crack down on distracted driving. Video courtesy of News4Utah/