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New York’s Limousine Tragedy Opens up Fundamental Safety Questions

It was an accident almost too horrific to comprehend, but very sadly it was all too real. Seventeen people celebrating a birthday in a stretch SUV limo, their driver, and two pedestrians in a parking lot lost their lives in a tragic crash in upstate New York near Albany on October 6, 2018. It was the worst transportation-related accident in the country since a 2009 airplane crash that left 50 people dead.

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Winterizing Your Car – What You Need to Know

A little over a generation ago, winterizing our cars in the northern U.S. was necessary in order to keep them running reliably during cold weather months. Today’s cars, for the most part, don’t need the same seasonal routines. But there are still a few necessary things we should all do before the snows start flying to ensure we have vehicles that will run well throughout the winter. Many of the tasks on our list are the “do it yourself” type, but a few might be best left for your trusted mechanic.

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Why Hit-And-Run Drivers Flee the Scene

In New York, a hit-and-run accident is viewed as leaving an accident scene in which you were involved without reporting it.

Getting a hit-and-run ticket in New York can (depending on the circumstances) result  in your being fined up to $250 and can land you in jail for 15 days!  Three points are added to your driving record, a fact that will be of concern to your liability insurer.  This means your rates will rise noticeably. And if you hold a commercial driver’s license, fleeing the scene of an accident and getting caught means you lose that license for a year. 

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Construction Worker Shortage Jeopardizing Workplace Safety

Without skilled construction workers, we wouldn’t have sturdy roofs over our heads or the highways, bridges and other infrastructure that are necessary to our everyday lives. Construction is important work that unfortunately is filled with safety risks.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, one in five on-the-job deaths are in the construction industry; 991 construction workers died nationwide and many more were injured in 2016, the most recent year for which data is available. And the news is no better closer to home. A recent study by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health reported that construction-related fatalities are on the rise in the Empire State. In New York City, the construction sector had the highest rate of occupational deaths of all workplace fatalities across industries.

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Study Finds That Newly Licensed Teens Take More Risks

A new study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) discovered that once teenagers swap their learner’s permits for driver’s licenses, and are able to drive without an adult, they often throw caution to the wind and drive more recklessly. This isn’t good news when statistics show that car accidents are the No. 1 single cause of death for teenagers. Crashes account for one in three teenage deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Those Long Shifts Are Making Even Healthcare Workers Sick

A new study out of Great Britain is reinforcing the accepted notion that healthcare employees who consistently work long shifts are at higher risk of sickness and workplace absence. Other studies have formed the same conclusion about other industries; but this one involving of healthcare workers – specifically Registered Nurses (RNs) and Healthcare Assistants (HCAs) – adds to the accepted notion that all who are overworked need to recognize and accept the health risks.

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The Drugged Driving Epidemic Is Hitting Long Island

A new report from AAA found that drugged driving is posing a larger threat than drunk driving.  Prominently mentioned in the report was this growing problem on Long Island. AAA also discloses that fatal crashes involving New York drivers who test positive for drugs are most prevalent during the summer – with August being the peak month. And though it’s difficult to pin-down when drugged driving is a cause of accidents, AAA (and other research) findings renew concern that marijuana and opioids are contributing to a full-blown safety crisis on our roadways.

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Would Optical Illusions Make Pedestrians Safer?

Every year, thousands of pedestrians throughout the country are killed in accidents with cars and other motor vehicles. In 2017, nearly 6,000 people died in crashes with vehicles, according to a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association. And in spite of an increasing focus on pedestrian safety, the number of pedestrian deaths nationally has increased markedly in recent years, jumping by 9% between 2015 and 2016, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

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Lines Being Drawn in the Battle Between NYC and Rideshare Companies

The legal saga surrounding ridesharing companies continues as New York City becomes the first of its kind in the U.S. to halt new vehicle licenses for ride-hail app services such as Uber and Lyft, while it sets a minimum wage. The legislation, passed with virtually no opposition by the City Council, caps the number of for-hire vehicles for a year, giving the city time to thoroughly study this booming industry and create more permanent ordinances.

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Concerns Continue in NYC over Sanitation Industry’s Safety Record

Fleets of privately-owned garbage trucks race through New York City’s streets every night. It’s clear to many onlookers that several of these vehicles are in poor repair. Some are routinely declared unsafe and pulled off the road by government regulators, only to resume their routes a few days later with dubious – if any – repairs being made.

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