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Fatality Facts 2018State by state

Overview

The number and types of motor vehicle crash deaths differ widely among the 50 states and the District of Columbia. A state’s population has an obvious effect on the number of motor vehicle deaths. Fatality rates per capita and per vehicle miles traveled provide a way of examining motor vehicle deaths relative to the population and amount of driving. However, many factors can affect these rates, including types of vehicles driven, travel speeds, rates of licensure, state traffic laws, emergency care capabilities, weather, and topography.

The following facts are based on analysis of data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).

Posted December 2019.


Fatal crash totals

There were 33,654 fatal motor vehicle crashes in the United States in 2018 in which 36,560 deaths occurred. This resulted in 11.2 deaths per 100,000 people and 1.13 deaths per 100 million miles

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State leaders consider ways to extend vehicle inspection deadlines

The leaders from the North Carolina General Assembly said they support legislation to extend vehicle inspections deadlines. Click the video player above to learn more about the statement “We continue to work with the governor’s team to identify and resolve issues facing North Carolinians in this crisis,” Speaker Tim Moore and Senator Phil Berger said in a joint statement Thursday. “DMV regulations are a particularly pressing matter that we have worked daily for several weeks on a bipartisan basis to resolve.” “This shared commitment by the legislative and executive branches provides North Carolinians’ certainty that the state government will provide this flexibility they need now and act to retroactively alleviate DMV deadlines despite the current law temporarily in place.”The leaders issued the statement on Thursday. The issue of vehicle inspection came up during the coronavirus outbreak. As of now, it is still required to get your license plate renewed and … Read More

Maine vehicle inspection expirations extended for the duration of state of emergency


Governor Janet Mills issued an executive order last week that
indefinitely extends expiration dates on all vehicle inspection stickers and
registrations, as well as driver’s licenses and state IDs. Expiration dates are
extended until the state of emergency caused by the spread of coronavirus in
Maine is lifted.

Included in the order are all driver’s licenses, permits, state identification cards, commercial driver’s licenses, dealer licenses, salvage motor vehicle recycler licenses, driver and rider school licenses and instructor licenses. In addition, the Maine State Police, which is responsible for overseeing Maine’s annual vehicle inspection program, is also extending expiration dates on vehicle inspections and registrations, and temporary registrations, for the duration of the state of emergency.

The order issued last week extends a similar order issued on March 15. Maine police departments have been directed halt enforcement of expired vehicle inspections as well.

 “The State of Maine
recognizes the needs of

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State Electric Bicycle Laws | A Legislative Primer

Introduction

women with purse and electric bikeThe past few years have seen a marked increase in the number of electric bicycles (or “e-bikes”) in the U.S.

This primer deals specifically with low-speed electric bicycles as defined by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. E-bikes are most frequently “pedal-assist” or “muscle-assist,” meaning the rider must be pedaling for the electric motor to engage. E-bikes may also come equipped with a throttle that allows the bike to be propelled without pedaling.

The bicycle’s low-speed electric motor provides a boost of power to climb hills, extend the range of trips where a bicycle can be used, allow current bicycle users to bike more often and farther, provide a new recreation option for people who want to bike and in general, extend the range of any ride.

Low-speed e-bikes are as safe and sturdy as traditional bicycles and move at speeds similar to conventional bikes. E-bikes

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