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Recent articles discuss the dangers of driving while under the influence of cannabis and how the risks and dangers may differ from those of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Two recent articles discussed the dangers of driving while under the influence of cannabis, as well as broader policy discussions surrounding the issue. In the New York Times, a health column addressed whether driving while high is as dangerous as driving while drunk. The column argued that the question isn’t quite as clear-cut as drunk driving, which has accounted for an increasing number of car crash-related fatalities in recent years: up from 9% in 2000 to roughly 22% in 2018, even as drunk driving-related fatalities remained more or less steady.  Continue reading


According to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic accidents increased in 2020 due to speeding, driving while under the influence, or choosing not to wear a seatbelt, killing 38,824 people.

Traffic crashes killed 38,824 people across the United States in 2020, according to data released by U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. As a press release by the NHTSA states, that figure represents “the highest number of fatalities since 2007.” Continue reading


A recent survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that there was an increase in reckless driving throughout the Covid-19 pandemic because the drivers who were still on the road were speeding, texting while driving, driving while under the influence, aggressive, or they chose not to wear a seatbelt.

A recent survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, drivers drove more recklessly and spent more time driving. As an analysis by Streetsblog points out, that latter figure “partly explains” why the rate of fatalities per mile traveled increased during the pandemic, in addition to the number of fatalities overall. Continue reading


A driver who may have been involved in a fatal hit-and-run in Brooklyn that left a 58-year-old teacher dead has been arrested and charged and his record showed he has had two other driving-related incidents.

The driver who allegedly struck and killed a Brooklyn schoolteacher while speeding in May 2021 had two driving-related incidents in his past. As Streetsblog reported last week, the New York Police Department has said it arrested and charged the suspect, Tariq Witherspoon, a 30-year-old EMT “who hit and seriously injured a cyclist in 2017,” two years after he allegedly “allowed an unlicensed driver” to operate his vehicle, who allegedly “drove carelessly” and speeded. Continue reading


A recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that Utah’s law reducing the legal blood alcohol limit allowed while driving has lead drivers to arrange a safer way home and has decreased traffic accidents and fatalities.

A study conducted and released last month by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that after Utah passed a law reducing its impaired driving blood alcohol level limit to .05%, the state experienced a decrease in traffic fatalities and an increase in drivers arranging for “sober rides home.” According to an NHTSA press release, the state’s fatal car crash rate “dropped by 19.8% in 2019, the first year under the lower legal limit, and the fatality rate decreased by 18.3.” As the NHTSA explains, the first figure describes fatalities per vehicle miles traveled, while the second describes “the number of crashes involving a fatality over total vehicle miles traveled.”  Continue reading


Last year was one of the deadliest years for traffic violence and accidents in New York City, with even more reckless incidents reported just this past month that killed passengers and pedestrians and injured many others that were involved.

Last year was reportedly the deadliest year for traffic violence in New York City since the launch of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signature Vision Zero campaign to eliminate car crash-related fatalities in 2014. A review of recent coverage of car crashes in the city shows that they still remain hazardous for drivers, pedestrians, and other vulnerable road users.  Continue reading


Four agencies in New York City, such as the police department, Department of Transportation, Taxi and Limousine Commission, and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene have stated that they plan to join forces and increase safety and traffic enforcement during the busy holiday season.

Four New York City agencies announced they would step up traffic enforcement during the holiday season. In a press release issued last week, the New York City Police Department, New York City Department of Transportation, New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission, and New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced efforts “to crack down on speeding and drunk driving ahead of the holidays,” as well as efforts to improve public awareness of various traffic safety and cannabis laws.  Continue reading


The New York Post shared recent reports about a rise in fatal car accidents in the last few weeks and how important safer streets and increased traffic enforcement are desperately needed in NYC.

Recent reports by the New York Post highlight a raft of deadly car crashes in New York City in the last few weeks, emphasizing the need for safer streets and more vigorous traffic enforcement. 

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Recent reports share that two more pedestrians were struck and killed in two separate incidents last week, one in Brooklyn and one in downtown Manhattan with an impaired driver being charged with vehicular manslaughter.

The death toll of New York City’s streets increased by at least two last week, according to reports by the New York Daily News and Streetsblog. The victims were a 33-year-old man who died after being struck by a reportedly “drugged-up” driver in Brooklyn, and a 78-year-old woman “run over and killed by the driver of a massive pickup truck” in downtown Manhattan. Continue reading


The Commissioner of the Department of Transportation has become increasingly concerned about the status of New York City streets after a recent reckless driving incident  lead to the death of a 3-month-old infant.

A letter obtained by New York City local news publication StreetsBlog reveals that the city’s Department of Transportation Commissioner is pursuing a meeting with the head of the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles to discuss solutions to the city’s fatal reckless driving problem. The letter, from DOT Commissioner Hank Gutman to DMV Commissioner Mark Schroeder, was sent on October 21st and seeks to “devise new, innovative strategies to address the problem of reckless drivers.” Continue reading

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