Walking is a popular, efficient and economical way to get around New York City and many communities throughout the state. With proper precautions, it is also a safe way to travel and see the Big Apple and neighboring communities. Unfortunately, accidents can happen. A recent case provides an example.
In the ongoing case of a teacher killed after a New York Police Department (NYPD) officer drove into him, the NYPD is refusing to release records pertaining to the incident. The event happened on July 6, 2013 at the intersection of Broadway and Hooper Street in Brooklyn. The 61-year-old was crossing the street when he was struck by a marked police van and thrown onto the pavement. He later died from severe head injuries, and his family is currently suing the NYPD, New York City, and the officer who was driving.
Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons (RRFB) were first developed in the United States, but now are spreading to places such as Abu Dhabi. RRFB are placed at pedestrian crosswalks and emit bright flashing lights when manually triggered. The RRFB utilize LED lights and solar energy, so the units are economical and environmentally friendly.
Halloween is a holiday that is enjoyed by children and adults alike. While it is a festive season, parents must also be aware of the safety issues their children face. Statistics have shown that an average of 5.5 pedestrian deaths occur each Halloween, compared with 2.6 on other days of the year. Unlike many people might think, a majority of fatal pedestrian accidents on Halloween do not occur late at night, but between 5 and 9 p.m., with the deadliest hour occurring from 6-7 p.m.