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Intensified NYC School Zone Speed Camera Program Takes Effect

In an effort to reduce traffic accidents within the five boroughs, New York City is now installing cameras to deter speeding in high-collision areas near schools. A new state law has increased the number of school zone cameras from 140 to 750, and Mayor de Blasio has stated that he expects the city’s Department of […]

Child Pedestrian’s Injury Underscores Dangers of Reckless Bicyclists in New York

Just as New York City drivers need to be aware of bicycles, fast-moving cyclists must take care to avoid hitting pedestrians. A recent accident involving a 4-year-old girl has drawn attention to the fact that bicycles, though they don’t have the same speed or weight as motor vehicles, can cause significant injuries if they strike […]

U.S. Buses and Trains Lack Safety Features that Are Standard Elsewhere

News stories about serious bus and train accidents often focus on the direct cause of the crash, whether it is a negligent driver, mechanical failure or something else. What sometimes goes unsaid is that several reasonably simple measures recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board and used successfully in other countries could cut down on […]

Understanding the Value of SUM Auto Insurance in New York

Most New York car owners know how much they pay for auto insurance, but few have a true understanding of their various coverages until an accident occurs. Motorists might assume that when they purchase $250,000 in liability protection, it covers injuries to themselves as well someone who is hurt in the other car. This isn’t […]

Who Might Be Held Responsible When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

After a fatal crash in Arizona last spring, Uber suspended the road-testing of its self-driving cars in North America. But industry experts expect the incident to be a mere bump in the road. Make no mistake, they tell us: autonomous vehicles are coming, probably sooner than we imagine. This raises the question, “Who is going […]

New York City Council Member Makes the Case for Comprehensive Traffic Monitoring

New York City has made great strides toward reducing traffic fatalities, but that progress is at risk due to a lack of support from the state government. Ben Kallos, a member of the New York City Council representing the Upper East Side, recently wrote an op-ed calling for improved traffic monitoring. Not only did Kallos demand […]

NYC Lowers Pedestrian Fatalities, But Progress May Not Last

New York City is celebrating the success of its Vision Zero initiative, but that success may prove short-lived. This multinational traffic safety program, which has been implemented in dozens of U.S. cities, seeks to lower pedestrian traffic fatalities through a number of measures, and in New York City, that includes the strategic use of traffic […]

Vision Zero to Target Dangerous Drivers During Warm Weather Months

This year, New Yorkers endured a winter that overstayed its welcome with frigid temperatures and snowfall well into April. But while Mayor de Blasio sympathizes with the pent-up desire to enjoy warmer weather, he wants New York City drivers to know that fair conditions are no excuse for dangerous driving. As part of the Vision […]

Mayor de Blasio Urges Albany to Pass Three New Traffic Laws

In March, Mayor de Blasio appeared at the 78th Precinct in Park Slope, his home precinct, to announce he was seeking action in Albany on three pieces of legislation aimed at the specific circumstances of a horrific crash less than two weeks earlier in that neighborhood. On March 5, Dorothy Bruns, 44, had a seizure […]

Intelligent Cars Does Not Mean Intelligent Drivers

Vehicular Fatalities up 14% in past 2 years Cars have changed dramatically in the century since their invention. The cars we drive today have safety features that would have amazed motorists from earlier generations: headlights, safety belts, airbags, collapsible steering columns, automatic emergency brakes, electronic stability control, rear view cameras, and collision warnings, just to […]

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