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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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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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NYC’s Expanded Speed Camera Program Takes Effect

On the same week as cyclists protested the recent uptick in rider deaths, city officials announced the beginning of the expanded speed camera program—which will significantly expand the number of speed cameras and their hours of operation. The city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) will announce the beginning of the speed camera program on Thursday morning, near P.S. 28 in the Bronx’s Mount Hope neighborhood, along East Tremont Avenue. The section is a Vision Zero Priority Corridor, in the top 10 percent of corridors in the borough for number of people killed or severely injured. Following years of advocacy, the state legislature passed several bills in the...

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NY Senate Approves New Limo Regulations

The New York state Senate passed a package of limousine regulations Thursday following deadly limo crashes in Schoharie and Long Island. Democratic state Senator Tim Kennedy of the Buffalo area’s 63rd district stood alongside the families of limo crash victims as he outlined the regulations at the capitol. “From requiring seatbelts in every vehicle carrying nine or more passengers, to mandating commercial driver’s licenses and drug and alcohol testing for drivers for for-hire vehicles...

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2 Young Girls Seriously Injured in Crash in New Dorp

Two young girls were injured in a crash in New Dorp, Staten Island Wednesday night. The girls, ages 8 and 10, were in a northbound Honda Accord when their vehicle was struck by a Dodge Charger, traveling in the same direction on Hylan Boulevard, just after 9:35 p.m. The 22-year-old driver of the Charger appears to have been attempting a right hand turn from the center lane onto Bryant Avenue. The vehicles collided, sending the Honda Accord, traveling in the right lane, into a utility pole. The 50-year-old driver of the Accord was not injured. He is a relative of the two girls, who...

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AMA Highlights May as Motorcycle Awareness Month

The American Motorcyclist Association is issuing a special appeal to motorists to be aware of motorcycles during May, which is Motorcycle Awareness Month and marks the return of motorcyclists to the roadways throughout the country. Drivers should double check their mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes, maintain a safe distance when following motorcycles and pay particular attention when making left turns across traffic. “Motorcycle Awareness Month also provides an excellent opportunity for us to educate the nonriding public about the safety issues that affect motorcyclists every time we leave our driveways,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “May typically is...

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Proposal Would Allow Pothole Damage Claims Year-round

Some New York lawmakers are pushing a bill that would require the state to reimburse drivers for pothole-related repairs all year-round. Currently in New York, who is responsible for car damage from potholes depends on the time of the year. If it’s between November and May, when most potholes form, you cannot file a claim. Some state legislators are proposing a bill that would change that. One version of the legislation would create a reporting system that gives the state 14 days to fix the pothole – otherwise it would have to start paying claims. AAA New York says something needs to change...

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Intoxicated Driver Struck 41 Cars

Rhode Island police have arrested a man they say was driving under the influence when he struck more than 40 other vehicles. Police say 45-year-old Christopher Paolissi, of Foster, was “zig-zagging” his pickup truck when he struck 41 vehicles in Providence on Tuesday afternoon. Police say Paolissi was intoxicated, and he was driving about 15 mph when officers stopped him. He was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported. Police Chief Hugh Clements says officers are compiling a “lengthy report” due to the number of vehicles hit. Paolissi is facing multiple charges, including driving under the influence, reckless driving and failure to...

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Limo Drivers Settle for $750K over Misclassification as Contractors, Not Employees

A limousine company dispute in Connecticut has resulted in a $750,000 settlement for 23 current and former drivers. The Connecticut Law Tribune reports that drivers for Connecticut Limousine recently agreed to settle their lawsuit over allegations the New Haven-based company illegally withheld wages by misclassifying the drivers as independent contractors, instead of employees. A lawyer for Connecticut Limousine said the company would have no comment on the settlement. The company had filed court papers denying allegations of unjust enrichment and illegally withholding wages. A lawyer for the drivers, Michael Petela Jr., said the company improperly shifted many business expenses onto the drivers, who had...

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