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An NYPD marked van with its sirens and lights on was transferring four arrested individuals and struck and killed a homeless man on the Eastern Parkway after the collision had caused his body to get trapped under the van and dragged.

An NYPD driver struck and killed a pedestrian in Brooklyn last week, according to a recent report by the New York Post, which states that the 53-year-old pedestrian “was believed to be homeless and panhandling” in the painted central median of Eastern Parkway. The driver was at the wheel of a police van that was reportedly marked and had its lights flashing and sirens on when it “slammed into” the man, who was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead. Continue reading

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The Governors Highway Safety Association released data on pedestrian traffic fatalities by state and it shows that these fatalities have continued to increase with about 3,441 pedestrian deaths in the first 6 months of 2021.

This month the Governors Highway Safety Association released its annual Spotlight on Highway Safety report on pedestrian traffic fatalities by state, using preliminary data gathered from State Highway Safety Offices. According to the report, traffic fatalities continued rising through the first six months of 2021, with the GHSA projecting that 3,441 pedestrians lost their lives in traffic collisions between January and June of that year. This figure represents “a 17% increase from 2020 and 507 additional lives lost in preventable crashes,” the GHSA states. Continue reading

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A new poll by the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety tells us that distracted driving has increased with a higher proportion of drivers using a phone for multiple reasons while driving.

A new poll by the Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety revealed that distracted driving may be a bigger risk than previously known. According to the organization’s survey, published in March 2022, 70% of licensed drivers acknowledged “they used a mobile device while driving for personal reasons in the past 90 days.” A breakdown of the survey, which reached 1,848 respondents, shows that 62% used the device for conversations, video calls, or texting; 37% used it for social media or another app; 27% used it to take a photo; 26% used it to record, stream, or watch a video; 25% used it to check or send email; 16% used it to review a document; and 4% used it for other purposes. Continue reading

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In an effort to decrease traffic violence, a new bill in New York was recently introduced by the state legislature that would require student drivers to take at least 6 hours of training with an instructor before they could be fully licensed and on the road.

A new bill recently introduced in the New York state legislature would place higher standards on student drivers. Senate Bill 8677, introduced by Senator Andrew Gounardes, would require student drivers to take at least six hours of training under a “certified instructor” before they could be issued a license. According to a report by Streetsblog, a parallel bill has been introduced in the state assembly by member Bobby Carroll. Continue reading

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration enforces motor vehicle safety standards and has recently announced a new campaign that will educate drivers about new safety technology in cars, such as automatic high beams, blind spot intervention, rear automatic braking, and lane-keeping assistance.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a federal agency that writes and enforces motor vehicle safety standards, has announced a new media campaign to educate drivers about “the safety benefits of advanced driver-assistance technologies in newer vehicles.” According to a press release issued by the agency, the yearlong campaign will involve $1.25 million in spending on digital media. Among other things, the NHTSA’s media campaign seeks to inform drivers about new driver-assistance technologies. The agency has already released materials promoting automatic high beams, blind spot intervention, rear automatic breaking, and lane-keeping assistance.  Continue reading

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A recent report by Transportation Alternatives shared that this past February was one of the deadliest months since 2008 with a total of 23 crash-related fatalities due to an increase in reckless driving and red light violations.

A new report by safe streets advocacy group Transportation Alternatives found that February 2022 was “the deadliest February in New York City since at least 2008,” with 23 car crash-related fatalities. The organization’s analysis of traffic violence data show that reckless driving is still on the rise in New York City by multiple metrics, in particular red light violations. There were more such violations in 2021 than in any year since 2014, the report states, with more than a 50% increase in light-running between the second half of 2019 and the second half of 2021. June 2021 alone saw 60,638 red light violations, “or an average of 2,000 red lights run every day at only the 150 monitored locations.” Continue reading

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A new law has gone into effect in New York City under Mayor Adam’s administration that now requires the Department of Transportation to report intersections next to any schools that do not currently have any traffic control devices that could decrease traffic-related violence and make streets safer.

A new law recently went into effect in New York City that requires the Department of Transportation to “identify each intersection next to a school that does not currently have a traffic control device” and install one by October 2024, according to a report by Streetsblog. Introduced in 2018 by former City Council member Inez Barron, it was opposed by former Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration and stalled until passing last year.  Continue reading

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Traffic violence continues to increase in New York City and continues to lead to traffic-related deaths after two elderly pedestrians were struck and killed in Queens; one 75-year-old woman and one 88-year-old man, neither of the drivers have been charged at this time.

The epidemic of traffic violence continued wreaking havoc in New York City last week, as car crashes killed two senior citizens in Queens. According to Streetsblog, one victim was a 75-year-old woman backed over by an 85-year-old man driving a Mercedes Benz; the other was a 88-year-old man hit and killed by the 52-year-old driver of a Honda Fit making an illegal left turn. As of the report’s publication, it notes, neither driver had been charged by authorities. Continue reading

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently found that drivers of SUVs and larger trucks are more likely to hit pedestrians while turning down streets due to blind spots created by features on bigger vehicles.

Newly published research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that the drivers of large vehicles, like pickup trucks and SUVs, are much more likely to hit pedestrians mid-turn than are the drivers of smaller passenger vehicles. According to an analysis by Streetsblog, the study specifically found that those drivers are “four times more likely” to hit pedestrians while turning. Continue reading

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A recent report by Streetsblog shares that traffic violence in New York City has increased dramatically just this year with a 15.4% increase in injuries resulting from collisions and a 47.2% increase in pedestrian injuries, with a total of 6,977 injured people.

New York Police Department statistics analyzed by Streetsblog show dramatically increasing traffic violence in New York City in 2022, with “crashes that cause injuries, total injuries and injuries to pedestrians” all rising by double digits. “The violence on New York City streets,” Streetsblog cautions, “is even worse than you think.” Continue reading

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