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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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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 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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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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The New York City Department of Buildings released its safety report revealing that  construction-related injuries and fatalities have seen a slight increase despite the fact that construction-related incidents have continued to decrease for the third year in a row.

The New York City Department of Buildings released its second annual Construction Safety report last week. Among other things, the DOB revealed that building construction-related incidents fell for the third year in a row in 2021; at the same time, construction-related injuries and fatalities slightly increased.  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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