The New York City Department of Transportation is hoping that a new campaign will decrease pedestrian accidents by increasing pedestrian alertness. The efforts are an alternative to implementing a new vehicle traffic law, and the hope is that a culture change among both pedestrians and drivers is all that is needed to improve safety. Distractions abound in today's mobile society. Consequently, pedestrians face a heightened risk of being involved in an accident due to their inattentive behavior. Whether it's talking or texting on a smart phone, listening to music or becoming otherwise distracted, too many pedestrians are stepping off of curbs into busy traffic without first looking both ways. Now, officials are hopeful that a simple awareness campaign strategy will produce the desired results. The central feature of the campaign is a logo entitled "LOOK," which will be emblazoned onto the crosswalk corners of the city's 110 most dangerous intersections for pedestrians.
Thanks to certain technological advancements, global positioning systems are now standard equipment in many cars, trucks and buses. In fact, these GPS devices have now evolved to such a degree that they can instantaneously find the fastest route to a particular location, identify where traffic has slowed to a crawl and inform the user of existing vehicle traffic laws.
Yesterday, Allstate Insurance Company released its eighth annual report ranking the 200 largest U.S. cities according to which ones have the best and worst drivers. However, "worst" here does not mean those cities where drivers violate the vehicle traffic laws with greater frequency or fail to understand the rules of the road. Rather, it means how accident-prone the drivers in a particular city happen to be.
Last May, our blog discussed how one of the more prominent law enforcement agencies in all of New York City -- the Bronx District Attorney's Office -- was under fire for perhaps providing favorable treatment to a fellow prosecutor who was arrested for DUI.
A few days ago, Allstate Insurance Company released a highly anticipated and much discussed report ranking U.S. cities according to who has the so-called best and worst drivers. Here, "worst" does not mean cities where drivers openly flout the vehicle traffic laws or fail to comprehend the rules of the road. Rather, it means how accident-prone the drivers in a particular city happen to be.