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Congress weighs giveaways to auto, trucking industries, snubs changes sought by safety groups

WASHINGTON - At a time of record auto recalls and rising highway deaths, safety advocates say the Republican-run Congress is snubbing their agenda and taking sides with the auto and trucking industries.
Carmakers sign on to principles to protect motorists' privacy in an era of computerized cars

WASHINGTON - Nineteen automakers accounting for most of the passenger cars and trucks sold in the U.S. have signed onto a set of principles they say will protect motorists' privacy in an era when computerized cars pass along more information about their drivers than many motorists realize.
2 new troopers join Aiken post

AIKEN - Drivers might want to think twice before flaunting South Carolina's speed limits.
Big-rig rule rolling again

WASHINGTON - Truckers can still spend six days on the road during the week and drive for 11 hours at a time, thanks to a rule the Bush administration decided to leave intact, even though truckers and safety advocates say it's unsafe.
Feds consider telling consumers how quickly cars can stop

WASHINGTON -- Federal highway safety officials are considering giving the public information about brake performance, including how quickly different model autos can stop. Officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are studying whether to include relative braking information when they release the results of their vehicle crash tests each year. "There is a (public) demand for braking performance information," George Soodoo, head of the NHTSA division that develops and maintains standards for brakes and other auto parts, said Wednesday.
GM pulls ad with dream sequence of boy driving wildly

...behind the wheel of a Corvette, making unrealistic maneuvers at high speeds. Judith Stone, president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, one of the signers of the letter to Wagoner, welcomed GM's decision. Critics said the boy looked...