Road safety

January 19, 2019 - 10:32 am
ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Department of Transportation is spending $79 million to resurface worn stretches of highway, build and repair bridges and make intersections safer on state highways. The state DOT awarded contracts on 16 total projects at the end of December. The largest contract is for a...
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December 18, 2018 - 6:09 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has approved Uber's request to resume testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads in the Pittsburgh area. The approval, effective Monday and lasting for one year, comes about nine months after one of Uber's autonomous test vehicles...
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This undated photo provided by the Wake City-County Bureau of Identification, shows Charles Ayers, who has been granted a new trial on charges that he shot out another driver's tire in 2015. The North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, to vacate Ayers' conviction and order a new trial because it said jurors weren't properly instructed of his right to self-defense. (Wake City-County Bureau of Identification via AP)
September 04, 2018 - 1:22 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina appeals court has thrown out the conviction of a man who shot another driver's tire in traffic, saying his self-defense rights weren't properly explained to jurors. The state Court of Appeals granted Charles Ayers a new trial on Tuesday, saying the judge should...
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In this Friday, July 6, 2018, photograph, prospective customers confer with sales associates as a Model 3 sits on display in a Tesla showroom in the Cherry Creek Mall in Denver. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in a paper titled “Reality Check,” issued the warning Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, after testing five of the systems from Tesla, Mercedes, BMW and Volvo on a track and public roads. The systems tested, in the Tesla Model 3 and Model S, BMW’s 5-Series, the Volvo S-90 and the Mercedes E-Class, are among the best in the business right now and have been rated “superior” in previous IIHS tests. David Zuby, the institute’s chief research officer, said the systems do increase safety but the tests show they are not 100 percent reliable. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
August 07, 2018 - 1:24 am
DETROIT (AP) — Cars and trucks with electronic driver assist systems may not see stopped vehicles and could even steer you into a crash if you're not paying attention, an insurance industry group warns. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in a paper titled "Reality Check," issued the...
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Bangladeshi students attempt to break a police barricade during a protest in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. Students blocked several main streets in the capital, protesting the death of two college students in a bus accident in Dhaka. (AP Photo/A. M. Ahad)
August 03, 2018 - 8:46 pm
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Five days of protests by tens of thousands of students angry over the traffic deaths of two of their colleagues have largely cut off the capital Dhaka from the rest of Bangladesh, as the demonstrators pressed their demand for safer roads. The protests began last Sunday...
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Emergency personnel work at the scene of a school bus and dump truck collision, injuring multiple people, on Interstate 80 in Mount Olive, N.J., Thursday, May 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
May 17, 2018 - 8:39 pm
MOUNT OLIVE, N.J. (AP) — A school bus taking children on a field trip to a historic site collided with a dump truck on Thursday, ripping the bus apart and killing a student and a teacher. The crash left the bus lying on its side on the guardrail of Interstate 80 in Mount Olive, its undercarriage...
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May 03, 2018 - 6:53 am
STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Drivers will be banned from holding their cellphones or other electronic devices, even while stopped, under a new law signed by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. News outlets reports drivers will also be prohibited from watching movies or shooting video. Drivers still can talk on the...
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FILE - In this March 23, 2018 file photo provided by KTVU, emergency personnel work a the scene where a Tesla electric SUV crashed into a barrier on U.S. Highway 101 in Mountain View, Calif. Tesla says, Saturday, March 31, the vehicle in a fatal crash last week in California was operating on Autopilot, the latest accident to involve self-driving technology. The automaker says the driver, who was killed in the accident, did not have his hands on the steering wheel for six seconds before the crash. Tesla says its Autopilot feature, which can keep speed, change lanes and self-park, requires drivers to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel to take control of the vehicle to avoid accidents. (KTVU via AP)
March 31, 2018 - 2:33 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The vehicle in a fatal crash last week in California was operating on Autopilot, making it the latest accident to involve a self-driving vehicle, Tesla confirmed. The electric car maker said the driver, who was killed in the accident, did not have his hands on the steering wheel for...
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February 21, 2018 - 5:40 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — With Georgia experiencing a spike in both fatal crashes and auto insurance premiums, legislators advanced a proposal to make it illegal to hold a cellphone while driving. A House committee on Wednesday voted in favor of a bill by Republican Rep. John Carson of Marietta. In Georgia,...
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February 15, 2018 - 12:04 am
DETROIT (AP) — Traffic deaths on U.S. roads fell slightly in 2017 after two straight years of big increases, but a leading safety organization that compiled the numbers says it's no cause for celebration. The National Safety Council on Thursday estimated that 40,100 people were killed in traffic...
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