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What Does the Future Hold for NYC’s Vision Zero Plan?

On Tuesday, July 9, more than 1,000 cyclists laid on the ground of Washington Square Park during a “die-in” to protest the dangerous conditions of riding a bicycle on New York City streets. Among the prone protestors, a smattering stood with signs reading names of the 15 cyclists killed in the first seven months of the year. The crowd was mostly quiet, except for a trumpet player and chant of each name. In the weeks since the die-in, there have been more, albeit smaller, vigils. One for Alex Cordero, a 17-year-old bicyclist struck and killed by a tow truck on Staten Island. Just a few...

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Man Crushed and Killed When Elevator in NYC Building Suddenly Falls

A man was crushed to death by a malfunctioning elevator at a Manhattan luxury high-rise rental building Thursday morning, authorities and law enforcement sources said. The freak incident occurred just before 8:30 a.m. at the 23-story building, called Manhattan Promenade, at 344 Third Ave. near East 26th Street in Kips Bay. FDNY Deputy Chief Anthony Arpaia told reporters that the victim was exiting the elevator — occupied by seven people — at the lobby level when the car suddenly dropped toward the basement, causing him to become stuck between the elevator car and the shaft wall on the first floor. One person safely...

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This Is Why Personal Injury Cases Are Getting More Complicated

According to a new report, wearable technology is complicating what used to be simple personal injury cases. The devices we choose to wear are capable of capturing all sorts of information, including health-related vitals like heart rate and blood pressure, but also more unbelievably, new devices can help users “hear” music through their skin. The potential applications are endless, and the limitations are almost nonexistent. Better yet, the batteries are getting better. Microchip technology is getting exponentially cheaper. The technology is becoming more popular. Wearables seem poised for the mainstream more than ever before. They can even be placed in articles...

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Police Across US to Crack Down on Impaired Driving Through Labor Day

About 30,000 police officers will be out on the roads around the country through the Labor Day weekend to crack down on impaired driving. It's an annual effort, but this year poses potential risks to immigrants who fear getting stopped and deported. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Wednesday it will run the high-visibility enforcement campaign during what is one of the deadliest times on U.S. roads. Similar efforts have taken place in previous years, but the heightened police presence this year may increase the fear of potential deportation among some immigrants, given the strict immigration policies pursued by the Trump administration. The...

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NYS Ends Religious Exemptions to School Vaccine Requirements

New York State has eliminated nonmedical, including religious exemptions, to school vaccination requirements. This affects children attending day care and pre-kindergarten through 12th grade at a public, private, charter or religious school. Long Island schools have been notifiying parents and guardians about this change. Medical exemptions are still allowed for children who have certain health conditions, such as a weakened immune system, that prevent them from receiving immunizations. A medical exemption must be issued by a physician licensed to practice medicine in New York State. A statement released by the New York State Department of Health said, “Proof of immunization must be provided...

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Traumatic Brain Injuries Among Children and Teens Most Often Associated With Consumer Products and Activities

Traumatic brain injuries among children and teens in the United States are most often associated with everyday consumer products and activities, such as home furnishings and fixtures or sports, according to a new study. About 72% of traumatic brain injury-related emergency department visits among children are attributable to consumer products, found the study published in the journal Brain Injury on Monday. The study found that the top 10 leading products contributing to non-fatal traumatic brain injuries in children younger than a year to 19 years old are: floors beds football stairs bicycles basketball ceilings and walls chairs soccer tables Traumatic brain injury or TBI occurs when...

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23,000 Trampolines Recalled After Reports of Metal Legs Breaking

The U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission is recalling around 23,000 trampolines after dozens of reports of the welds on the metal railings breaking off. According to the CPSC, the recall involves Super Jumper 14-foot trampolines, and 14-foot and 16-foot combo trampolines with enclosures sold without reinforcement clamps. Super Jumper has received 97 reports of the welds on the metal railings breaking, resulting in four injuries. The trampolines were sold online at Amazon, Wayfair, Hayneeedle and Overstock websties from Nov. 2011 through June 2019. Consumers should immediately stop using the trampolines and contact the company for a free repair kit. For more information, click here. By [News12]...

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AAA Study: New Infotainment Systems Heightens Risk of Distracted Driving

Infotainment systems found in new cars can be a dangerous distraction for older drivers, according to a study by the American Automobile Association. AAA tested drivers as they tried to tune the radio or navigate with the new systems. "Our foundation for traffic safety concluded that senior drivers become distracted up to eight seconds longer than younger drivers while operating infotainment systems," says Lauren Paterno, of AAA Northeast. The automobile agency says taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds can double the risk of getting into an accident. AAA says it is encouraging car companies to simplify software menus and improve...

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18th NYC Cyclist to Die this Year

Another cyclist was killed on Monday while riding along a busy Brooklyn avenue. Em Samolewicz, 30, was cycling north on Third Avenue in Sunset Park, when she was struck and killed by the driver of a commercial tractor trailer heading in the same direction around 9 a.m., according to the police department. Samolewicz, of Brooklyn, was attempting to maneuver around an open door of a parked car near the intersection of 36th Street when she was hit, police said. She was taken to NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn, where she was pronounced dead. The 37-year-old driver of the truck remained at the scene and a police...

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