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New York expands its "Move Over" law

Do you know when to move over for emergency vehicles?

New York's notoriously dense traffic can do more than slow down your commute or derail Seinfeld plots. It can also pose a real danger to emergency responders and the people they are trying to help. When emergency vehicles cannot maneuver and stop safely, they can't do their critical, life-saving work effectively.

Some no-nonsense tips for safe driving

Safe driving involves more than just consciously following the traffic laws. There are also other well-publicized common sense behaviors that also need observed. These include don't drink alcohol over the legal limit and drive, get enough sleep before getting behind the wheel, don't talk on the phone or text or otherwise allow your device to distract you, and don't eat while driving.

Promoting safety through sound

For New Yorkers acclimated to the sounds of the urban environment, the plaintive cries of taxi horns and brake squeals are often relegated to the background, categorized as white noise. Visitors of New York City have a hard time tuning out this noise pollution and claim the auditory overload causes headaches and inability to maintain focus. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), however, the revving of an engine and the hum of the motor are sounds that warn pedestrians of an automobile's presence. For those with impaired vision, these audio cues may provide the only hints that a car is in the vicinity. It is for this reason that the agency has established a new safety standard for electronic vehicles and hybrids.

Study: red-light cameras save children

A recent study by the American Academy of Pediatrics claims to find that red-light cameras save the lives of children. The study, presented during the AAP national conference late last month, showed findings that motor vehicle crashes increase when the cameras are taken out of communities that previously had them.

This common problem is just as dangerous as drunk driving

When many people think of fatal accidents, they often think of distracted drivers on their phones or impaired drivers. Drunk driving doubles the chance of having a car accident - and surprisingly, so does drowsy driving.

Study finds most kids aren't properly secured in NYC cabs

Jumping in and out of taxis is just a part of life for most New Yorkers - as is gritting your teeth as your driver weaves through traffic and blows through intersections. But when you have a child in tow, the hazards associated with cab rides become more frightening.

Are hands-free calls safe?

New York residents may appreciate the ability to use cellphones during commute time as they communicate with family members, the office, or others. Hands-free activity has been strongly promoted on the heels of increasing accident statistics related to activities such as texting while driving. However, there is a mistaken belief that hands-free calling is safe.

Study shows value of front crash prevention systems

Some vehicles in New York City are equipped with safety technology systems that can prevent rear-end crashes. According to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, automatic braking and forward collision warning systems have a significant impact on vehicle safety. Researchers found that automatic braking reduced rear-end accidents by around 40 percent while forward collision warning systems reduced rear-end accidents by 23 percent.

Federal regulators say self-driving car systems are drivers

Self-driving cars could soon be seen navigating New York City streets, thanks to an important decision by federal safety regulators. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced that it would be willing to call the self-driving vehicle system that was designed by Google a "driver". The decision could clear away some of the legal obstacles that have kept autonomous vehicles from being widely used.

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