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A recent study has found that some measures that are intended to reduce traffic accidents and create safer roadways are actually having the opposite effect and causing more accidents.

A new study suggests that some measures intended to reduce traffic accidents may have the counterintuitive effect of increasing them. According to a recent report by the Los Angeles Times, researchers at the University of Minnesota and the University of Toronto looked at the impact of highway safety signage in Texas—specifically, signs displayed every January notifying drivers of the “annual highway death tolls” in the state. What they found is that drivers who passed these digital signs “actually 4.5% more likely to get into an accident over the next 10 kilometers… than drivers unburdened by the information.” In fact, it turned out that the signs may have “directly contributed” to as many as 2,600 more crashes per year, as well as 16 more fatalities and $377 million in costs.  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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A new study by Bloomberg Philanthropies has found that asphalt art on city streets has a calming effect on people which has lead to a drop in traffic crashes and has created safer streets for pedestrians and drivers on the road.

An illuminating new study by Bloomberg Philanthropies found that the installation of asphalt art on city streets makes them significantly safer for pedestrians and other vulnerable road users. Released earlier this month, the study defined asphalt art as “public art projects coupled with improvements to transportation infrastructure,” and it examined historical crash data and driver behavior at 17 asphalt art sites—“seven unsignalized intersections, seven signalized intersections and three mid-block crossings”—before and after crashes.  Continue reading

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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

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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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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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Recent data reveals that New York City traffic fatalities have increased by 35% in the first 3 months of 2022, with a total of 58 motor vehicle-related accidents.

Public data indicates that New York City traffic fatalities have increased 35% in the first three months of 2022 compared to the similar period in 2021. According to a recent report by the New York Post, New York Police Department figures reflect the deaths of 58 people in motor vehicle accidents, as opposed to 43 people between January 1 and April 3, 2021.  Continue reading

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