The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration unveiled a set of guidelines that states can use in creating laws aimed at curbing texting while driving. The sample law would allow the traffic enforcers to stop vehicles on roadways and ticket motorists caught texting while behind the wheel.
A winter storm moved across central Iowa on Monday, dumping heavy snow on Des Moines and nearby areas. Snowy road conditions resulted in about 47 vehicular crashes, prompting officials to close major highways in the region.
A winter storm that hit Maryland Wednesday dumped heavy snow on many areas, prompting schools to close. Highway officials deployed about 1,500 snow-removal and salting vehicles on state roads to ensure motorists' safety as conditions worsened.
A powerful storm dumped heavy rain on Texas and Oklahoma Thursday, flooding streets and low-lying areas. Strong winds toppled trees and electric lines, resulting in widespread power outages in the region. Oklahoma's governor declared a state of emergency in all counties as conditions worsened.