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May 23, 2014

NYPD issue nearly 5000 tickets for speeding in 48 hours

As part of the Vision Zero Initiative to reduce pedestrian deaths, the NYPD led a two-day crackdown on speeding in New York City. The police issued a total of 4814 tickets: 1249 in Brooklyn, 1219 in Queens, 1175 in Manhattan, 782 in the Bronx and 389 in Staten Island.

Read more in CBS New York

May 22, 2014

Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections are often the result of hospital negligence; most of them are preventable

CLABSI can be medical malpractice. Most infections occur when medical devices are not properly sanitized or when hospital employees are negligent of patients safety regulations.

One hospital recently demonstrated that CLABSI can be prevented. The White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles implemented a training program that resulted in zero iatrogenic pneumothorax hospital wide and zero CLABSI in the ICU. See video below.

May 22, 2014

White House and US DOT honor Daphner Izer who started Parents Against Tired Truckers after her son and 3 friends were killed by an overly-tired trucker who fell asleep behind the wheel

Daphne%20Izer%20and%20Anthony%20Fox.jpgAfter her son Jeff was killed in a truck accident 20 years ago, Daphne Izer started Parents Against Tired Truckers. She dedicated herself to protect others from becoming casualties of fatigued truck drivers and created a national standard for the use of Electronic Logging Devices. A few days ago Daphne was honored as a "Champion of Change" by the White House and the US Department of Transportation.

Read more here
Photo: Courtesy FMCSA

May 22, 2014

31 year old man dies in motorcycle accident on Williamsburg Bridge in New York

31 year old Arben Hoti was driving his bike from Brooklyn to Manhattan on the Williamsburg Bridge last night when he lost the control of his bike and struck a pillar. Hoti was thrown from the motorcycle and was found lying on the outer roadway of the bridge, officials said. He died at the scene.

Read more in the NY Daily News

May 22, 2014

21 months old Brooklyn boy dies from his injuries after falling from a window that had no bars or gates

Window%20guards.jpgA toddler fell yesterday from the sixth floor of a Crown St. building near Albany Ave in Brooklyn, New York. He landed on a balcony and later died of his injuries at the hospital. The window where the child fell from was open and didn't have a guard. (read more in the New York Daily News)

Every year in New York young children are dying or are being seriously injured after falling from unguarded windows. These deaths and injuries are preventable.

The window guard law requires owners to send an annual notice to tenants of multiple dwellings (buildings of 3 or more apartments) regarding window guards. It also requires owners to provide and properly install approved window guards on all windows, including first floor bathrooms and windows leading onto a balcony or terrace in an apartment where a child 10 years of age or younger resides and in each common area window, if any, in such buildings. The exceptions to this law are windows that open onto a fire escape and windows on the first floor that are a required secondary exit in a building in which there are fire escapes on the second floor and up.

May 21, 2014

The NYPD ticketed more than 1000 drivers in 5 days at a dangerous Queens intersection where a young woman recently died after being struck by a MTA bus

As part of the Vision Zero Initiative to reduce deaths and injuries related to traffic accidents, New York police officers gave out more than 1000 summonses including 500 for failure to yield to pedestrian between May 5th and May 10th at a dangerous Queens intersection located near 74th street, Roosevelt Ave and Broadway.

The location was selected by the city because it has a history of accident. Last February a 25 year old woman was struck to death by a MTA bus at this intersection.

Read more in DNAinfo New York

A Google map Street view from the dangerous intersection

May 21, 2014

As part of the Vision Zero Initiative to reduce the number of traffic related deaths and personal injuries, the NYPD launched yesterday a two-day citywide crackdown on speeding

The police started yesterday a two-day crackdown on speeding in NYC. Every month in New York there are approximately 250 traffic accidents related to unsafe speed. In their announcement the police say that drivers should adhere to newly created "arterial slow zones" and "school zones" throughout the city where speed limits are reduced to 25 and 20 miles per hour respectively. If they don't, they could be fined anywhere between $90 and $600 and receive a 3 to 11 points on their license, police warned.

Read more in DNA New York

May 21, 2014

Queens pedestrian suffers traumatic brain injury, broken femur and dislocated shoulder after being struck by a hit and run driver on the sidewalk

A pedestrian was knocked unconscious by a hit and run driver on a Queens sidewalk yesterday night. A security camera from a nearby restaurant captured the hit and run. Police say a white sedan drove up onto the sidewalk while going westbound on 30th Avenue in Astoria, then plowed into the victim at 45th Street at about 4 a.m. Saturday. The driver sped away. The police are still looking for him.

May 21, 2014

General Motors recalls 2.42 million potentially defective vehicles

Yesterday General Motors announced four additional recalls to address the following safety issues:

  • A defective front safety lap belt in 1,339,355 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia medium crossovers from the 2009-2014 model years and Saturn Outlooks from 2009-201
  • A defective shift cable in 1,074,932 of the previous generation 4-speed automatic transmission Chevrolet Malibu from the 2004-2008 model years and Pontiac G6 from the 2005-2008 model years
  • A partial deployment of the airbag in the event of a crash in 1,402 Cadillac Escalades and Escalade ESVs from the 2015 model year
  • A risk of fire in 58 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD full-size pickups from the 2015 model year

Read the GM press release

May 20, 2014

7 children and 1 adult suffer personal injury in New York school bus accident

1 adult was in critical condition and 7 children suffered minor injuries after a school bus crashed into a pole near the intersection of Braddock Ave and Hillside Ave in Queens, NY. The driver was trying to avoid a collision with a car when he hit the pole.

Read more in the New York Daily News