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While the roads might be getting just a little safer for motorcycle riders, their two-wheeled compatriots on bicycles appear not to be so lucky. A recent study sponsored by the Governors Highway Safety Association found that annual cycle deaths in the US were up 16 percent from 621 in 2010 to 722 in 2012. In the same period, fatalities for motorists increased only one percent.

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The push to make American roads safer has received its fair share of help from the federal government, thanks to a robust program of highway safety grants that allow state governments to bolster distracted-driving-prevention programs, install ignition interlocks on the vehicles of first-time drunk drivers and build a more comprehensive graduated licensing system for new drivers.

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Hindsight being what it is, I now realize that I was a certifiable moron as a teenager. I thought I was far smarter and slicker than I actually was, and I took part in a spectacular array of things that, when viewed through the wiser eyes of someone pushing 30, were the height of stupidity. I'm sure most average Joes and Janes have a similar view of their adolescence. Throughout my teen years, though, I did do one thing correctly – I always wore my seatbelt.

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One of the deadliest states made the biggest improvement

For the first time in four years, the number of pedestrians killed on American roads has fallen.

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After helmet law was repealed, injuries rose in Michigan, study says

Motorcyclists pay a high price for the freedom of the road.

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The Governor's Highway Safety Association has just completed a comprehensive research project on distracted driving with a grant from State Farm. The report analyzes everything from how often drivers are distracted to what draws their attention away from the road and what states can do to help curtail irresponsible behavior among motorists in the future. As it turns out, drivers are distracted as much as half of the time they're behind the wheel by anything from passengers to eating, changing th

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Oprah Winfrey has officially partnered with the Governors Highway Safety Association and handful of other agencies to help put a stop to distracted driving. The famed talk-show host will be heading up a special live show this Friday designed to highlight the dangers of driving and cell phone use. Winfrey will be interviewing the families of victims of distracted driving collisions and government officials. She'll also be announcing a new awareness campaign called "No Phone Zone" that urges drive

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