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    Official: Motorcycle fatalities down for the first time since 2009
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    As we reported earlier, overall traffic fatalities were again down in 2013 after a momentary spike in 2012, and for the first time since 2009 motorcycle fatalities decreased year-on-year in 2013: the Fatality Analysis Reporting System compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ...

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    Official: NHTSA awards Audi A3 and S3 sedans five stars
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    The Audi A3 and S3 sedans aced the New Car Assessment Program tests run by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, each scoring five stars overall. The A3 sedan adds this latest five-star rating to its Top Safety Pick+ award bestowed upon it by the Insurance Institute for Highway ...

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    Report: Oil trains create 'virtual' pipeline with sometimes undisclosed routes [w/video]
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    The Wall Street Journal has a story on issues surrounding the "virtual pipeline," and it's hard to know where to begin sorting out what's what. The easy part is defining our terms: a virtual pipeline is the mile-long (1.6-kilometre), or longer, hookup of railroad tanker cars that carry oil from ...

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    Official: Vehicles awarded IIHS Top Safety Pick awards skyrockets for 2015 [w/video]
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    By practically every measure, passenger vehicles in North America are continuing to get safer. With the year rapidly coming to an end, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is releasing its annual list tallying of the scores for the latest vehicles to see how they compare to last year. ...

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    Report: South Dakota yanks double-entendre 'Don't Jerk and Drive' campaign [w/video]
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    The South Dakota Office of Highway Safety just can't take its own suggestive joke. The government organization recently started a public service campaign with the far too easily mocked name Don't Jerk and Drive. It was supposed to educate drivers on how to handle hitting snowy or icy patches of ...

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    Motorsport: FIA finds Jules Bianchi at fault for his tragic crash
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    Formula One is getting safer all the time, but it's still a fundamentally dangerous way to make a living. That much was underscored when Jules Bianchi crashed during the Japanese Grand Prix nearly two months ago, sustaining serious head trauma. But in a display of how seriously the FIA takes the ...

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    Video: Volvo's 'ditch test' of the new XC90 makes for radical stunt video
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    One of the safety features on Volvo's new XC90 is called Run Off Road Protection, which detects when the car leaves the tarmac at high speed and prepares the cabin and occupants for an impact. After detection, the system retracts the seat belts while a spine protection element between the seat ...

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    Report: Google Glass may be dangerous to both drivers and pedestrians
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    The debate over wearable tech like Google Glass continues to rage, with questions still being raised about the safety of using the technology while driving. Now, a new study from the University of California, San Francisco, is claiming that not only is Google Glass dangerous to drivers, but it ...

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    Featured: Auto industry insider previews tell-all book, What Did Jesus Drive?
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    "It's about some of the biggest crises in history. It's about who did it right and who did it wrong." – Jason Vines Jason Vines, the former head of public relations at Chrysler, Ford and Nissan, has seen a lot during his more than 30-year career, and now he's offering a ...

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    Video: Watch Nissan's brand-new Datsun Go crash its way to zero stars
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    There has been a steady march of progress in automotive safety over the years, evolving from the initial introduction of seat belts and padded dash surfaces to airbags and anti-lock brakes, and, more recently, to some of today's vehicles that actively try to avoid a crash. Unfortunately, knowing ...

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