Traffic crashes up 20 percent, but injuries, fatalities down

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Traffic crashes have jumped almost 20 percent in Clovis this year but the number of injuries from those crashes has dropped and crash-related fatalities are down. At the heart of the crashes lie traffic infractions, such as following too close, failing to yield and failing to stop at stoplights, […]

Cross highest wisdom

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist You don’t have to be a fan of Charles Darwin to get a kick out of the Darwin Awards, those tongue-in-cheek awards that each year honor “people who ensure the long-term survival of the human race by removing themselves from the gene pool in sublimely idiotic fashion.” Some of […]

New Mexico tops in pedestrian deaths

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer In a report released Thursday from the Surface Transportation Policy Project, New Mexico was shown to top the nation for number of pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 residents. STPP reported the state’s fatality rate at 3.01 pedestrian traffic deaths per 100,000 residents. The national rate is 1.68 per 100,000, according […]

SUVs a scapegoat for traffic deaths, bad drivers guilty

Freedom Newspapers The statistics at first sound alarming. A new government report shows the number of U.S. traffic deaths rose nearly 1 percent last year, reaching a 13-year high of 43,220. Some headlines attributed the increase in fatalities to the favorite whipping boy of everyone, it seems, but consumers — the SUV. Last year saw […]