Road safety

FILE - This June 21, 2017, file photo shows the building that houses the headquarters of Uber, in San Francisco. Uber will start doing annual criminal background checks on U.S. drivers and hire a company that constantly monitors criminal arrests as it tries to do a better job of keeping riders safe, the company announced Thursday, April 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
April 12, 2018 - 1:38 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Uber will start doing annual criminal background checks on U.S. drivers and hire a company that constantly monitors criminal arrests as it tries to do a better job of keeping riders safe. The move announced Thursday is one of several actions taken by the ride-hailing company under...
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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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Emergency personnel work at the scene of a train crash involving a garbage truck in Crozet, Va., on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. An Amtrak passenger train carrying dozens of GOP lawmakers to a Republican retreat in West Virginia struck a garbage truck south of Charlottesville, Va. No lawmakers were believed injured. (Zack Wajsgrasu/The Daily Progress via AP)
February 01, 2018 - 1:07 pm
CROZET, Va. (AP) — The safety arms at a railroad crossing where a train carrying Republican lawmakers slammed into a garbage truck appeared to be malfunctioning the day before the deadly crash, drivers who regularly cross over the tracks at the crash scene said Thursday. Gene Locke, who lives near...
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In this Dec. 21, 2017 photo, Florida State Rep. Emily Slosberg poses for a photo at her office in Deerfield Beach, Fla. Slosberg is the lead sponsor of a bill that would strengthen the state's ban on texting while driving. Florida is one of the last states to not fully ban texting while driving. (AP Photo/Terry Spencer)
December 30, 2017 - 3:43 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Mark Wysocky says it is hard to separate texting drivers from drunken drivers as he cruises down a suburban interstate highway. Both weave. They speed up and slow down for no obvious reason and get too close to other cars. They endanger their...
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This graphic provided by Volvo shows how a rear cross-traffic system spots oncoming vehicles. New cars can come laden with safety technology, some that warns you and some that also takes action to protect you. (Courtesy of Volvo Car Corp. via AP)
December 27, 2017 - 10:47 am
We are in a new era of car safety: The focus has shifted from reducing death and injury in a vehicle collision to preventing a crash from happening in the first place. Safety features designed to avoid accidents are becoming increasingly common in new cars. Here is an overview of the advanced...
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FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2017, file photo, Gaten Matarazzo arrives at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Matarazzo will star in a series of videos aimed at promoting safe driving in his native New Jersey even though he’s not old enough to get behind the wheel himself. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
November 27, 2017 - 12:05 pm
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — "Stranger Things" star Gaten Matarazzo has a starring role in videos promoting safe teen driving in his native New Jersey, even though he's not old enough to get behind the wheel himself. Prosecutors in Ocean County, New Jersey, have signed up Matarazzo to play a role in...
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October 06, 2017 - 2:57 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Traffic fatalities rose 5.6 percent traffic fatalities last year, with even bigger spikes in pedestrian and motorcyclist deaths, the government said Friday. There were 37,461 people killed on U.S. roads in 2016 as Americans continue to drive more, the National Highway Traffic...
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FILE - In his May 22, 2012 file photo, a side mirror warning signal in a Ford Taurus at an automobile testing area in Oxon Hill, Md. Safety systems to prevent cars from drifting into another lane or warn drivers of vehicles in their blind spots are beginning to live up to their potential to significantly reduce crashes, according to two studies released Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
August 23, 2017 - 3:28 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Safety systems to prevent cars from drifting into another lane or that warn drivers of vehicles in their blind spots are beginning to live up to their potential to significantly reduce crashes, according to two studies released Wednesday. At the same time, research by the...
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August 10, 2017 - 8:24 am
UPPER DARBY, Pa. (AP) — A drunken driver who confessed to being "hammered" allegedly drove around a Pennsylvania police department's security gate and into their parking lot because he "was looking for a safe place." Upper Darby police say 44-year-old Sean McCullough was too drunk to stand up for...
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FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2013 file photo, a Metro-North passenger train lays on its side after derailing on a curved section of track, killing four people, in the Bronx borough of New York. The National Transportation Safety Board concluded that William Rockefeller, who was the engineer on the commuter train, had "severe obstructive sleep apnea." Safety experts say millions of lives will be at risk now that U.S. officials have dropped plans to require that truck drivers and train engineers be screened for sleep apnea. Officials say testing should be left up to railroads and trucking companies. One railroad that does test, Metro-North in the New York City suburbs, found that 11.6 percent of its engineers have sleep apnea. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
August 08, 2017 - 6:15 pm
U.S. officials are abandoning plans to require sleep apnea screening for truck drivers and train engineers, a decision that safety experts say puts millions of lives at risk. The Federal Railroad Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said late last week that they are no...
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