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Safety campaign works to reduce road accidents

For most of us, driving in Billings’ traffic seems fairly safe. But for pedestrians and bicyclists, crossing the city’s streets or negotiating traffic can be treacherous.

September 17, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Traffic safety: Only u can prevent TWD

Last year on Sept. 19, AT&T hosted the first ever “No Text on Board Pledge Day” — a nationwide event where drivers committed to never text while driving. To date, more than 2.5 million people have made the pledge and joined the movement to end TWD. The message is clear, simple and lifesa…

September 16, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
St. Vincent Healthcare targets texting teens with distracted driving obstacle course

St. Vincent Healthcare targets texting teens with distracted driving obstacle course

Sadie Turner, a 17-year-old senior at Huntley Project, learned firsthand Wednesday something she may not have readily gleaned from a textbook.

September 04, 2013 5:00 pm Photos


Driver of truck that hit, killed pedestrian identified

Driver of truck that hit, killed pedestrian identified

Ryan Smith, 30, of Billings has been identified as the driver of the truck that struck and killed a 72-year-old pedestrian at Grand Avenue and Eighth Street West late Wednesday morning.

August 29, 2013 1:05 pmLoading…
Overturned semitrailer closes busy intersection

Overturned semitrailer closes busy intersection

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming’s stiff wind, a sharp left turn and a top-heavy load tipped over a semitrailer at a busy Casper intersection on Thursday morning, police say.

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Casper installs audible crosswalks to aid visually impaired

CASPER, Wyo. -- John Wall suffers from multiple sclerosis that impairs his vision and makes it difficult to navigate Casper's city sidewalks.

May 19, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…
Senate panel looks at statewide cellphone ban for drivers

Senate panel looks at statewide cellphone ban for drivers

HELENA — State lawmakers are considering telling Montanans to hang up and drive — or face hefty fines.

March 26, 2013 4:33 pm Related Loading…

Wyoming committee drops one cell phone bill, tables another

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Senate Transportation Committee considered two bills Monday targeting cellphones and drivers — voting against one and asking the sponsor of the other to perform more research and return another day.

January 21, 2013 8:11 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: A tragic call to action for safer streets

Like many Montana teens, Dustin Freese loved hunting, fishing and paint ball wars. He played freshman and sophomore football for the Senior High Broncs.

January 21, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Missoula ban on cellphone use by drivers, cyclists takes effect

MISSOULA — The Missoula ban on driving or cycling and talking on handheld cellphones is now the law.

December 05, 2012 10:19 amLoading…

Pedestrian struck by vehicle on West End

A 25-year-old Billings woman was struck by a vehicle Tuesday as she crossed a crosswalk at the intersection of Monad and South 20th Street West.

November 20, 2012 8:28 pmLoading…
Traffic slowed on King Avenue after 2 vehicle accident

Traffic slowed on King Avenue after 2 vehicle accident

A two vehicle accident on exit 446 in the eastbound lane On King Ave. East and Maloney has slow traffic to one lane Friday. The accident occurred at approximately 5:40 p.m.

October 19, 2012 5:52 pmLoading…

Washington state woman charged in wrong-way crash

An elderly woman from Washington was cited twice for reckless driving after causing two accidents while driving the wrong way on Interstate 90 near Cardwell Thursday morning.

September 07, 2012 2:38 pmLoading…

Johnson County truck crash kills 2

BUFFALO — Two people are dead after a heavily loaded semi-trailer lost its brakes on a steep slope on the eastern flanks of the Bighorn Mountains.

September 05, 2012 4:38 pmLoading…

Injury accident slows traffic near MetraPark

A four vehicle accident with injuries is slowing traffic near the south gate entrance of MetraPark. Emergency personnel are on scene and traffic, reduced to one lane, is still moving through the area.

August 16, 2012 6:29 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Montanans can prevent crashes in deadliest month

There are 10 days remaining in the deadliest month of the year on Montana roads. As of Monday, the state’s 2012 highway death toll was already much worse than last year — 128 people killed, compared with 109 by the same time in 2011.

August 14, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Trucking with drivers education students

Trucking with drivers education students

Maybe it didn't include biscuits and gravy, but drivers education students from Billings West High School still spent a satisfying Thursday morning hanging out with professional truck drivers.

June 28, 2012 5:00 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Refresh your safe driving skills for summer

Caution: Children at play.

May 29, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Summer brings deadliest season on Montana roads

Fifty-seven people have died on Montana roads since 2012 began, according to the Montana Highway Patrol. That is 17 more deaths than in the first 4 1/2 months of 2011. Among the 2012 victims:

May 15, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Utility work to slow traffic on South 24th Street West

Traffic is being reduced to a single lane in each direction for several blocks on South 24th Street West in Billings through Tuesday.

April 09, 2012 8:18 amLoading…

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