Legal Pot: Crashes are up in states with retail sales


Status Report, Vol. 53, No. 6 | October 18, 2018

Crashes are up by as much as 6 percent in Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, compared with neighboring states that haven’t legalized marijuana for recreational use, new research from IIHS and HLDI shows. The findings come as campaigns to decriminalize marijuana gain traction with voters and legislators in the U.S., and Canada begins allowing recreational use of marijuana across all of its provinces this month.

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2017 Hot Wheels Report

DES PLAINES, Ill., September 18, 2018 — The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) today released its annual Hot Wheels report, which identifies the 10 most stolen vehicles in the United States. The report examines vehicle theft data submitted by law enforcement to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and determines the vehicle make, model and model year most reported stolen in 2017.

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New Guidelines for Automated Enforcement Programs Emphasize Safety Amid Rise in Red-Light Crash Deaths

IIHS News | July 24, 2018

ARLINGTON, Va. — To encourage cities and localities to use automated enforcement, four national safety organizations have developed a red light camera checklist for local policymakers, law enforcement agencies and transportation officials. Released today by AAA, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Safety Council, the checklist provides practical instructions for planning, implementing and evaluating red light camera programs, including steps to help communities build and maintain public support.

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NICB: U.S. Motorcycle Thefts Decreased in 2017

Thefts Down 5 Percent From 2016

DES PLAINES, Ill., June 6, 2018 — The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) today released its annual report on motorcycle thefts in the United States for 2017. A total of 44,268 motorcycles were reported stolen in 2017 compared with 46,467 reported stolen in 2016—a decrease of 5 percent.

After several years of consecutive declines, motorcycle thefts increased in 2015 and 2016. However, 2017’s result may signal a resumption of the downward trend.

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Director of Public Affairs

Victim Buys Flooded Pickup that Went from Florida to Texas

NICB Warns Care Shoppers to Beware of Fraud

DES PLAINES, Ill., May 10, 2018 — A young man who bought a pickup truck in Houston is now warning buyers to follow the advice of the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) before closing a deal on a used vehicle.

Kenton Basinger shelled out $14,000 for a 2012 Chevy Silverado that normally would sell for about $18,000. But the good deal he thought he was getting quickly turned into a nightmare when he realized he had purchased a pickup that had been flooded.

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U.S. Watercraft Thefts Resume Downward Trend

5 Percent Drop in 2017 Offsets 2016 Minor Increase

DES PLAINES, Ill., May 16, 2018 — The National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NICB) 2017 watercraft theft report shows a 5 percent decrease and resumes the downward trend in thefts that was broken by 2016’s slight increase. A total of 4,864 watercraft were reported stolen between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2017. The report is based on theft data contained in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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On Foot, At Risk

Study Highlights Rising Pedestrian Deaths, Points Toward Solutions

Pedestrian deaths have jumped 46 percent since 2009. The increase has been mostly in cities and suburbs, away from intersections, on arterial roads and in the dark.

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IIHS – May 8, 2018 | Volume 53, Number 3

A Firm Foundation: How Insurance Supports the Economy

Key Facts: The Insurance Industry’s Contribution To The California Economy


U.S. Department of Commerce data show the insurance industry provided 322,897 jobs in California in 2016. The California insurance industry accounted for about $26.2 billion in compensation in 2016.

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The Most Dangerous (and Safest) States for Drivers


NEW YORK — If you’ve ever taken a cross-country roadtrip, you probably noticed — in addition to changes in scenery — differences in road conditions, traffic laws, driving behaviors, and vehicle choice when moving from state to state. Perhaps less obvious, though, is that these differences make certain states far more dangerous (or more safe) than others when it comes to driving.

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NICB: Rising Cost of Parts Fuels Interest of Car Thieves

DES PLAINES, Ill.—If you own a late model car or truck, and you’ve been in a wreck, you may still be shaking your head over the repair bill. The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) says today’s vehicles are loaded with expensive parts and technology that increase the costs of repairs, even in what may be considered a minor accident.

And those expensive parts will continue to drive car thefts as criminals steal cars and trucks to strip them and sell the parts on the black market.

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