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October 2016 Archives

Keeping teens safe behind the wheel

When a student at Fordham University in New York was killed by a distracted driver in 2009, her parents began an organization to honor her memory. Now her father says that National Teen Driver Safety Week that is held each October should be just one small part of a year-long effort to end distracted driving.

Driver taken into custody in DWI crash

Police say that a 27-year-old New York man was driving a 2016 Mercedes convertible east on Merrick Road in Rockville Centre when the car collided with a Mazda Miata. The accident occurred at the intersection of Merrick and Oceanside Road at about 9:06 p.m. on Oct. 14. Authorities say that the Mazda was split in half as a result of the collision.

Government proposes long-term plan to end traffic deaths

The Obama administration has announced an ambitious goal of eliminating all injuries and deaths from motor vehicle accidents in 30 years. Statistics show that traffic fatalities are on the rise throughout the country with an increase of 7.2 percent in 2015. For the first six months of 2016, preliminary statistics indicate yet another rise of 9 percent compared to 2015. New York drivers may see more promotion of seat belts and rumble strips as part of an initiative by the U.S. Department of Transportation announced on Oct. 5. The agency also proposes to continue educating the public about the dangers of driving while drunk or distracted.

Traumatic brain injuries are not always permanent

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a brain dysfunction that is caused by a violent blow or other outside force to the head (for example, a severe car accident). While it is indeed true that TBIs are serious, many people harbor the misconception that these injuries are irreversible. The truth is that TBIs can be partially or fully reversible.

Police investigating deadly accident in upstate New York

Police in New York are trying to determine what caused a 16-year-old boy to cross into the path of oncoming traffic on the morning of Oct. 3 on Interstate 81 in Onondaga County. The subsequent accident left the boy critically injured and cost his 16-year-old passenger his life. Reports indicate that police have found no evidence of alcohol consumption, and officers say that the teen's cellphone records will be examined to find out if the device was in use at the time of the crash. The accident took place in the southbound lanes of Interstate 81 north of the Interstate 481 exit in Cicero at approximately 6:31 a.m.

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