New Yorkers are probably aware of the dangers negligent, careless or reckless drivers pose to everyone on the city’s roadways. Distracted driving is one such bad behavior that can have very serious consequences, although it is often associated solely with cell phone use.
Whether you find driving in New York City an exhilarating experience or a chore, it is typically understood that you and other drivers are responsible for behaviors behind the wheel. However, when computers take over some of those tasks, accountability may not be as clear.
Many people in New York City take advantage of transportation to and from events to continue the celebration and prevent potential drunk driving situations. However, according to the International Business Times, modified stretch limousines and party vans are not the safe alternative they are publicized to be.
Driving in the notorious traffic on the streets of New York City may be a significant cause for anxiety for many. However, that does not mean they would be willing to hand that task over to a computer. In fact, NBC News reports that a recent Harris Poll shows 52 percent believe self-driving cars are dangerous. Regardless of people’s feelings on driverless cars in New York, it appears that they may soon be a reality.
New York is slated to be a major recipient of federal highway grants in the upcoming year, thanks to the efforts of Governor Cuomo and transportation experts throughout the state. The funding is designed to support programs that would reduce the number of New York City car accidents. More than $32 million will be allocated into the state's coffers, with more than 500 separate initiatives receiving funding through this annual budget decision.
By now drivers throughout New York are probably aware that distracted driving is a serious problem. State law prohibits use of handheld portable electronic devices while driving. More specifically, texting while driving is banned.
A new system designed to improve traffic safety by warning drivers about hazards and congestion will make its national debut in New York City. The system, designed to prevent car accidents by providing motorists with additional information, will be funded by a $20 million pot that will improve access to connected vehicle technologies throughout the region. The pilot program will have its start in midtown Manhattan, one of the busiest and most dangerous traffic environments in the nation.
Many people drive as part of their job duties on a regular basis. Professional drivers are specially trained to operate vehicles such as buses, big rigs and dump trucks, but millions of people who aren't trained operate standard vehicles on a regular basis. Workers might drive smaller trucks or cars to make deliveries or travel between work locations, for example. Regardless of training or the reason for driving on the job, roadway accidents can occur and can be fatal for employees.
New York officials are calling for a significant increase in the number of left-hand turn signals that are installed on area traffic lights, saying that their communities would be safer if this simple change was instituted. Government leaders are saying that a vast number of New York City car accidents could be avoided entirely if better signals were installed at key intersections.
How many pedestrians and cyclists do you think die in crashes in an average month in New York City? If you guessed a dozen, you would be right; a recent report shows that New York City car accidents led to the deaths of at least 11 pedestrians and one cyclist in June 2015. Statistics for the entire calendar year indicate that 62 pedestrians and cyclists have been killed in car accidents since the beginning of 2015, and more than 6,200 have been injured.