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Ontario mandated speed limiters for heavy trucks; crashes fell
Ontario mandated speed limiters for heavy trucks; crashes fell

Here in America, there's been plenty of talk about mandating speed-limiters on big-rigs. Supporters of such regulations point to Ontario, Canada, where, as NPR reports, the benefits of speed-limiters are beginning to pay off. Auto fatalities and 18-wheelers On Friday, we wrote about U.S. traffic...Read More»

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Montana Mulls 85 MPH Speed Limit

Earlier this year, Idaho and Wyoming joined Texas and Utah in the 80 mph club -- a small group of states that have increased speed limits on interstate highways to 80 miles per hour. Now, some Montana lawmakers are hoping to see their western neighbors' bet and raise their own state's speed limits...Read More»

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North America's Top 25 Speed-Trap Cities For 2011

If you're planning a road trip this long, Labor Day weekend, you might be preoccupied with thoughts of swimsuits, beach umbrellas, and maybe a last-minute oil change. But before pulling out of the driveway, you might also want to consider the location of speed traps, which can turn a quickie...Read More»

Safety campaign by Preventable, BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation, and the District of West Vancouver
Friday Video: Canadians Get Fancy, Use Trompe L'oeil Children As Speedbumps

Americans are talkers. We gab about everything, often very loudly. Sometimes we're criticized for that when we travel abroad, but whatever: we like to get out point across. We're not entirely sure where this fondness for putting things into words comes from. A generous assessment would say that we...Read More»

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Big-Rig Speed Limiters: Safer For Us All, Or Misguided Regulation?

Could we keep our highways safer as well as cut greenhouse gas emissions (and perhaps some of our reliance on foreign petroleum) all by placing a speed limiter on all the big rigs in the nation? It’s an idea that, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), could find some...Read More»

Red light camera in Beaverton, Oregon, from Wikipedia
Friendly Helpful Speed Camera To Ticket You, Then Text You Too?

We've written a lot about traffic enforcement cameras, both the ones that nail red-light runners and those that send automatic tickets to drivers who exceed the speed limit. Now a new wrinkle in evolving technology has been proposed: Wouldn't it be nice if the camera system not only sent you an...Read More»

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In Georgia, Keep To The Right Or You'll Have To Pay?

When you learned to drive, were you taught to keep to the right unless passing? The answer is probably yes, but it's not likely that you've ever seen it enforced. In Georgia, though, they're taking it seriously: drivers who slow down traffic in the left lane might soon face a fine of $75 or more...Read More»

Volvo safety test driver, 1959
Crash Testing In The Old Days: Volvo Safety Video

Last Thursday was the 50th birthday of the three-point safety harness, invented by Volvo's first safety engineer, Nils Bohlin. After we ran an item to commemorate the event, we got a nice note from the UK offering us a video clip with some Volvo safety history. The video turns out to have wonderful...Read More»

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