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Stories with subject: Transportation safety
  • Federal official discusses rail safety efforts 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 7:07 pm
  • CASSELTON, North Dakota - The head of the U.S. Department of Transportation said Thursday during his visit to the site of a fiery oil train derailment in North Dakota that his office plans next week to outline options for enhancing tank car standards.

  • Police blame Ogden crash on distracted driving 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 10:25 am
  • OGDEN, Utah - Police say a distracted driver received a careless driving citation after a rollover crash that injured her and two other people in Ogden.

  • Stowaway on jet said to be homesick for Africa 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 1:56 am
  • HONOLULU - A security video shows the California boy who survived stowing away on a jetliner dangling his feet from the aircraft's wheel well after arriving in Hawaii, before jumping 8 to 10 feet to the ground and collapsing, an airport official says.

  • NTSB head: Action needed now on oil train safety 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 7:47 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The Obama administration needs to take steps immediately to protect the public from potentially catastrophic oil train accidents even if it means using emergency authority, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman said Wednesday.

  • Rail safety effort marred by squabbling 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 7:41 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Spurred by a series of fiery train crashes, a push by government and industry to make safer tank cars used for shipping crude oil and ethanol has bogged down in squabbling and finger-pointing over whether they're needed and if so, who should pay.

  • Canada to end tankers linked to Quebec explosion 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 5:50 pm
  • TORONTO - Canada said Wednesday it was phasing out the type of rail tankers involved in last summer's massive explosion of a runaway oil train that incinerated much of a town in Quebec, killing 47 people and prompting intense public pressure to make oil trains safer.

  • Airport security vulnerabilities not uncommon 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 4:32 pm
  • SAN JOSE, California - For all the tens of billions of dollars the nation has spent on screening passengers and their bags, few airports made a comparable investment to secure the airplanes.

  • 550 cited for texting and driving during crackdown 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 7:20 am
  • ST. PAUL, Minnesota - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says law enforcement officers across Minnesota cited 550 people for texting while driving during a recent 10-day crackdown on distracted driving.

  • Vermont officials remind boaters to stay safe 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 11:19 am
  • MONTPELIER, Vermont - Vermont officials are reminding boaters and anglers to stay safe on the water and wear flotation vests.

  • Texting-and-driving ban may still fail after Perry 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 4:49 pm
  • AUSTIN, Texas - Repeated efforts to implement a statewide ban on texting while driving in Texas may continue to fail even after Gov. Rick Perry leaves office next year.

  • SC towns and counties spur state to ban texting 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 12:13 pm
  • COLUMBIA, South Carolina - After years of facing fierce opposition, the idea of South Carolina passing a statewide texting-while-driving ban is becoming a real possibility. Earlier this month the state Senate and House passed separate bills aimed at putting to an end to the confusing hodgepodge of local bans. However many believe it will fall short of its intention to deter distracted driving.

  • Officials probe potential threat on Delta flight 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 12:37 am
  • DENVER - Officials say a Delta Air Lines plane on a flight from Detroit to Denver reported an unspecified potential security threat and taxied to a remote area after landing safely at Denver International Airport.

  • Sheriff seeks brighter lights on western Md. road 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 10:49 am
  • HAGERSTOWN, Maryland - Washington County Sheriff Douglas Mullendore says he's pushing for brighter lights along a section of U.S. 40 in Hagerstown where two pedestrians were fatally struck by vehicles in recent weeks.

  • Senate approves hand-held cellphone ban in NH 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 2:17 pm
  • CONCORD, New Hampshire - Hand-held cellphone use would be banned while driving in New Hampshire in mid-2015 under a bill passed Thursday by the Senate.

  • Ky. Highway Safety to sponsor Nationwide event 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 12:50 pm
  • SPARTA, Kentucky - Kentucky's Office of Highway Safety will be the title sponsor for Kentucky Speedway's June 27 NASCAR Nationwide Series race.

  • IDOT changes work zone signs as speed limit climbs 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 12:37 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois transportation officials are adding extra safety precautions to work zones around the state after the speed limit was increased to 70 mph on some highways.

  • Officials: Distracted driving major problem in NJ 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 12:31 pm
  • TRENTON, New Jersey - Driver inattention was a major contributing factor in 1.4 million crashes in New Jersey over the past decade, roughly half of the total accidents that occurred during that time.

  • Faster airport-screening program expands to DFW 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 6:42 pm
  • FORT WORTH, Texas - Travelers can now apply at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport for clearance to keep their shoes, belts and light jackets on while passing through security screening.

  • Faster airport-screening program expands to DFW 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 5:53 pm
  • FORT WORTH, Texas - Travelers can now apply at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport for clearance to keep their shoes, belts and light jackets on while passing through security screening.

  • Rules lag to help passengers escape crashed buses 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 5:05 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Safety standards to make large buses easier for passengers to escape after a crash have not been adopted 15 years after accident investigators called for new rules.

  • TSA: Security clearance available at Baton Rouge 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 9:55 am
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - The Transportation Security Administration has set up an enrollment center in Baton Rouge to help frequent air travelers get to their plane more quickly and with less hassle.

  • Safety ruling clears Philippines to add US flights 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 7:04 am
  • MANILA, Philippines - American aviation authorities cleared Philippine airlines to increase flights to the United States after safety standards improved and the European Union opened its skies to the Southeast Asian country's main budget carrier.

  • Police unveil campaign against distracted driving 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 5:07 am
  • AUGUSTA, Maine - A spokesman from the Department of Public Safety says Maine will join in nationwide efforts to reduce auto accidents that result when drivers don't pay attention to the road.

  • Police increasing patrols for distracted drivers 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 3:04 am
  • ALBANY, New York - State and local police are increasing patrols and checkpoints statewide from April 10 to 15 to encourage drivers not to use their mobile phones.

  • Louisiana editorial roundup 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 2:28 pm
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