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New research suggests that the number of traffic accidents that happen at dusk and dawn are underreported or inaccurately reported by authorities.

New research by Evari GIS Consulting, a consulting firm based in San Diego, suggests that the number of motor vehicle accidents that happen at dawn and dusk may be inaccurately reported by authorities. Building an analysis of collisions in Tennessee between 2017 and 2020, the firm found that “88% of collisions occurring during dusk or dawn were misreported as either ‘night’ or ‘day,’ and that 20% of “collision ambient light conditions are misreported.” 

These figures have significant implications. As a report by Evari notes, accurately reported nighttime collisions in the Tennessee analysis “were five times more likely to result in a fatality than daytime collisions.” The report notes further that Federal Highway Administration figures show that half of fatal accidents happen at night, despite the fact that there are fewer people—whether motorists, pedestrians, or cyclists—on the road at night. “That means the fatality rate is three times the daytime rate because only 25 percent of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) occur at night,” according to Evari.

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Safe transit advocacy group argues that laws preventing New York City from operating speed cameras on nights and weekends is a major contributor to the city traffic violence.

A recent publication by safe transit advocacy group Transportation Alternatives argues that a New York state law preventing New York City from operating speed enforcement cameras on nights and weekends is a contributor to the epidemic of traffic violence afflicting the city. According to the organization’s data, “59 percent of traffic fatalities occur at times when the cameras are not permitted to operate.” Under the state law, the city cannot operate those cameras for the majority of the week. Continue reading

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Data shown by the Staten Island Advance shares  that despite the 59 traffic fatalities in NYC, Staten Island did not have any traffic deaths to report in the first quarter of the year.

Even though data shows there were 59 traffic fatalities in New York City in the first quarter of the year, the borough of Staten Island “did not record a single traffic death in January, February, or March,” according to a report by the Staten Island Advance. The report describes a New York Police Department pamphlet offering numerous tips for drivers to avoid deadly traffic accidents. Continue reading

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The New York City traffic violence has continued this past week with at least eight deaths from traffic accidents in the last four days, including pedestrians and cyclists.

The epidemic of traffic violence in New York City continued last week, with at least eight deaths from traffic accidents in four days, according to a report by Spectrum News NY. Advocacy group Transportation Alternatives, which tracks traffic violence in the city, said data shows a “13% increase year over year in traffic fatalities,” with city and state interventions struggling to keep up. Continue reading

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A recent article argues that the US Department of Transportation should take the steps necessary to keep pedestrians safe by ensuring that larger vehicles are equipped with safety features, such as blind spot detection, lane keeping support, and pedestrian automatic emergency braking.

A recent column in America Walks argues that the US Department of Transportation should take regulatory steps to ensure that large vehicles associated with higher pedestrian deaths implement technology designed to keep pedestrians safe. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a division of the NHTSA, has initiated a rule-making process that would rate passenger vehicles for pedestrian safety, and is currently soliciting comments on what its new rules might entail. Continue reading

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Recent data reveals that the first three months of 2022 were the deadliest since 2014 after 59 people lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents.

The first three months of 2022 were the deadliest on New York City’s street since former mayor Bill de Blasio launched the Vision Zero plan to eliminate traffic violence in 2014, according to data analyzed by Transportation Alternatives. During those months, 59 people lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents, a figure that represents a 44% increase over the same period in 2021. If trends keep up, Transportation Alternatives predicts, 2022 will be an even deadlier year than 2021, which already broke records for deadly car crashes in the city. If 2022 surpasses 2021, it “will be the first year since 1990 that New York City has seen four consecutive years of increasing fatalities.”  Continue reading

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New York City Mayor Eric Adams shared that the city government will be allotting nearly $1 billion to transit safety programs in an effort to create safer streets for all New Yorkers.

Last week New York City Mayor Eric Adams unveiled a massive investment in transit safety. According to a press release issued by his administration, the city government will devote nearly $1 billion toward addressing traffic violence and creating “a safer, healthier, and greener city for all New Yorkers.” Continue reading

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According to a recent study, electric bikes are considered to be more dangerous and cause more injuries than a motorcycle or even a car, although the injuries were less severe than those caused by car crashes.

Using an electric bicycle is more likely to result in injury than using a motorcycle or car, according to a recent UCLA study. However, the study found, those injuries were “less serious than those of victims of motorcycle and car crashes, and significantly less deadly.” Continue reading

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched a new campaign that will bring awareness to the dangers of distracted driving and inform drivers about the risks of texting while driving and how this can increase crashes and traffic incidents.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a division of the Department of Transportation, launched a campaign raising attention to the dangers of distracted driving. As a recent release by the agency notes, April is “National Distracted Driving Awareness Month,” and the NHTSA marked the occasion with a weeklong enforcement effort intended to stop drivers who were texting while driving and inform them about the risks of their behavior. Continue reading

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In order to prevent pedestrian deaths caused by motor vehicles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that drivers constantly lookout for pedestrians and that pedestrians be on the lookout for cars, walk on sidewalks, and follow all rules and crossing signs.

In 2019, a pedestrian was killed in a motor vehicle accidents every 85 minutes in the US, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A resource provided by the agency, a division of the US Department of Transportation, offers information, analysis, and essential tips regarding pedestrian safety.  Continue reading

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