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Many States Falling Short on Distracted Driving Laws

Some 20 states still lack texting while driving bans for all drivers or total cellphone bans for teens and novice drivers, according to the National Safety Council (NSC).

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Video: Report Urges Lowering Driver Blood Alcohol Limits

To reduce alcohol-related crashes, a new National Academies of Sciences study also recommends raising alcohol taxes and requiring interlocks for all DWI offenders.

Lowering State-Law BAC Thresholds

Steven M. Teutsch of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine makes a case for lowering state BAC thresholds for DWI violations. Teutsch, who is an adjunct professor at UCLA, also discusses other measures to reduce alcohol-related crashes. Video courtesy of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine via YouTube. For the full story, click here.

Marijuana Use Still Illegal on Calif. Roads

Another change in state law adds marijuana consumption to the law prohibiting alcohol consumption while driving or riding in vehicles.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.