National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Texting while driving in Montana is dangerous, but not illegal.
FLINT, Mich. — At a time when many people have put off buying a new car until the economy improves, the last thing we need is a stringent government regulation on fuel efficiency that will raise the cost of vehicles and make matters even more difficult for consumers.
Engines that don’t start unless occupants’ seat belts are buckled.
LUSK — A committee of state lawmakers gave an initial but unanimous go-ahead Thursday to a program that would open another penalty option for drunk drivers: stay out of jail, but stay sober.
A year ago, Lesli Asay was overweight and struggling with fractures in both knees after attempting higher-impact activities. Then a friend suggested she try cycling.
It’s been nearly two years since the Billings City Council banned city drivers from texting and other handheld cellphone use. Since then, several other Montana cities have enacted similar ordinances, including Butte, Helena, Great Falls and Anaconda.
HAMILTON -- The Hamilton City Council wants to develop an ordinance banning cellphone use while driving. But council members want to take their time in doing so.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Some Wyoming lawmakers say they represent their constituents, not a highway safety advocacy group whose study placed the state in the red, or danger, zone.
A year after the city of Billings started enforcing restrictions on drivers’ cellphone use, evidence continues to mount on the risks of distracted driving.
In 2009 and 2010, the nonprofit group Safe Kids USA collected 79,000 car seat checklists at inspection events across the county. After the data were tabulated and released this month, it became clear that parents are still not doing all they can to protect their children.
Children should ride in rear-facing car seats until age 2 instead of 1, according to a pair of controversial recommendations from both a national pediatric and federal traffic agency.
One-year-old Rayne Emmett waits while her baby sitter, Brooke Hampton, buckles her daughter, Katelynn, 3, into her car seat. Hampton She cottons to the idea of keeping children in rear-facing car seats until they are older.
Brooke Hampton buckles 1-year-old Rayne Emmett into her rear-facing car seat as they prepare to go pick up Hampton’s son from school in Columbus in 2011. Hampton, who is Emmett’s baby sitter, supports a proposal that would require children to ride in rear-facing car seats longer.
The first 3½ months of 2011 have seen fewer crash fatalities on Montana roads than in the same period of the past three years.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Supporters of a stronger seat belt law are unsure of what strategy is needed to convince the Wyoming Legislature of its merits.
CHEYENNE — A national survey says Wyoming led the nation with the highest number of traffic deaths per capita in 2009.
Wearing a seat belt is more commonplace than ever before, according to a study released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 6 out of 7 U.S. drivers report they always wear a seat belt when driving or riding in a motor vehicle.
Law enforcement today begins enforcing a citywide ban on cell phone use while driving, a move that city officials hope will improve safety on Billings’ streets.
Terry Jessee’s helmet took a beating each time his head hit the road on the afternoon of Aug. 14 when he laid his Harley-Davidson motorcycle down trying to avoid a bicyclist who had suddenly turned in front of him on Story Road.