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Gazette opinion: Calling lawmakers to curb drivers’ cell phone risk

Gazette opinion: Calling lawmakers to curb drivers’ cell phone risk

Texting while driving in Montana is dangerous, but not illegal.

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Guest opinion: EPA rule hobbles economy, hurts consumer choice

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.

February 28, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Vehicle safety push should be speedier

Engines that don’t start unless occupants’ seat belts are buckled.

December 03, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

24/7 Sobriety Program bill gets unanimous OK from Wyoming Legislature committee

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.

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People of all ages turn to cycling to improve quality of life

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.

May 28, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Law gives drivers reason to stay off phone

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.

July 19, 2012 12:10 amLoading…

Hamilton City Council debates ban on cellphones while driving

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.

January 26, 2012 10:52 amLoading…

Lawmakers question highway safety group's danger rating

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.

January 11, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Don't forget, No phoning while driving in city

A year after the city of Billings started enforcing restrictions on drivers’ cellphone use, evidence continues to mount on the risks of distracted driving.

November 04, 2011 12:10 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Follow guidelines for child safety seats

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.

September 28, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
Rear-facing car seat plan draws mixed reaction from parents

Rear-facing car seat plan draws mixed reaction from parents

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.

May 04, 2011 12:15 am Photos

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Ready to Ride

Ready to Ride

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.

April 21, 2011 2:50 pmLoading…
Buckle up

Buckle up

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.

April 21, 2011 2:50 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Safer travels in Montana, across America

The first 3½ months of 2011 have seen fewer crash fatalities on Montana roads than in the same period of the past three years.

April 20, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Supporters of tougher Wyoming seat belt law rethink strategy

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Supporters of a stronger seat belt law are unsure of what strategy is needed to convince the Wyoming Legislature of its merits.

March 16, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…

Wyoming roads deadliest in US in 2009

CHEYENNE — A national survey says Wyoming led the nation with the highest number of traffic deaths per capita in 2009.

January 27, 2011 9:10 amLoading…

CDC study finds seat belt use up to 85 percent nationally

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.

January 04, 2011 10:00 pmLoading…
Time to hang up: Distracted driving ordinance takes effect today

Time to hang up: Distracted driving ordinance takes effect today

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.

October 31, 2010 12:05 am Photos

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Few argue that helmet use has obvious safety benefits, but riders resist mandate

Few argue that helmet use has obvious safety benefits, but riders resist mandate

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.

October 18, 2010 12:00 am Related Loading…

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