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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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According to data in a recent report, Black mothers are more likely to die from issues related to pregnancy than white, Hispanic, and Asian women.

Black mothers are significantly more likely to die from “pregnancy-related causes” than white, Hispanic, and Asian women, according to a recent report by Newsday. Citing an analysis of data provided by the New York State Department of Health, the report states specifically that Black mothers are “four to five” more times likely to die of such causes, with experts attributing the disparity to “conscious and unconscious bias among health care providers.”

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Construction industry leaders have recently shared their thoughts on preventing fall-related deaths for construction workers after data released by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration stated that falls are the leading cause of death.

Data provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a division of the US Department of Labor, shows that out of 1,008 construction worker fatalities in 2020, 351 resulted from fatal falls to a lower level, making falls the leading cause of construction worker fatalities. However, OSHA stresses, “These deaths are preventable.” 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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According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, laws that allow cyclists to yield at a stop sign and proceed when it is safe to go has lead to a decrease in crashes and injuries.

A new resource published by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, a division of the Department of Transportation, highlights the benefits of bicycle “stop-as-yield” laws, which allow cyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs: first stopping, then proceeding through the intersection when safe. According to the NHTSA, these laws are correlated with decreased crashes and injuries involving cyclists in the handful of states where they have been passed. Continue reading

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A recent report in Construction Dive notes that the rate of construction worker suicides is four times that of the general population, which suggests that there is much to be done to protect these workers and their mental health.

In an illuminating roundtable published last week, construction industry trade magazine Construction Dive asked an array of industry experts what the industry can do protect and improve its workers’ mental health. As the report noted, construction’s suicide rate is four times that of the general population, suggesting that there is much work to be done to take care of workers’ emotional well-being. Continue reading

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The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has launched a new campaign that will encourage parents and caregivers to make sure they don’t leave their children in a hot car during warmer months, even for a short amount of time.

A new campaign by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, a division of the US Department of Transportation, encourages parents and other caregivers to make sure they don’t leave young children in their cars during the hot spring and summer months. As a press release by the NHTSA explains, the “Look Before You Lock” initiative coincided with National Heatstroke Prevention Day on May 1st.  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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A recent report has found that reckless drivers have evaded red light cameras and speeding cameras by covering their license plates with plastic covers or by spraying them with certain chemicals.

A recent report by The City found that reckless drivers in New York City may have avoided traffic enforcement as many as 1.5 million times by making it difficult for red light and speeding cameras to accurately read their license plates. According to the report, based on an analysis of Department of Transportation records, “delinquent drivers” have evaded detection by enforcement cameras by bending their license plates, “putting plastic covers over them,” and even by spraying them with chemicals that “make it impossible for the cameras to accurately read them.”  Continue reading

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