Tag: Traffic Accidents and Safety

Baby in Stroller Killed by Car With ‘Possibly Intoxicated’ Driver

A 1-year-old boy was killed on Tuesday when a driver, “possibly intoxicated,” lost control of his car in the Bronx, jumped a curb and hit the child, who was being pushed in a stroller by his mother, the police said. The driver, who was not identified, was taken into custody after the accident, which occurred […]

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Good News if You’re Addicted to Texting

Weather: Partly cloudy and cool, high in the mid-70s. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Sept. 30 (Rosh Hashana). ImageCreditGary Hershorn/Getty Images For years, distracted walking has been considered an unavoidable reality in New York. Texting while walking absent-mindedly is an “epidemic, which needs to end,” Gothamist declared in 2012. A year later, a video on […]

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Yes, Texting While Walking Is Relatively Safe. (But Still Annoying.)

If you have crossed a street in a major city recently, the odds are good that you have bumped into someone staring at a phone. Perhaps your eyes were also locked on your phone at the time. Maybe they are on the screen as you cross the street right now. (If so, look up! This […]

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The Human Cost of Amazon’s Fast, Free Shipping

This article is co-published with ProPublica, the nonprofit investigative newsroom. When she added Gabrielle’s name to the chart in her kitchen, Judy Kennedy could picture the annual ritual. At birthdays she would ask her newest grandchild to stand up straight, heels against the door frame, so she could mark Gabrielle’s height beside that of her […]

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Welcome to San Diego. Don’t Mind the Scooters.

SAN DIEGO — The first thing you notice in San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter is not the brick sidewalks, the rows of bars and the roving gaggles of bachelorette parties and conferencegoers, or even the actual gas lamps. It’s the electric rental scooters. Hundreds are scattered around the sidewalks, clustered in newly painted corrals on […]

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One More Way to Die: Delivering Food in Cape Town’s Gig Economy

CAPE TOWN — He had delivered his last food order for the evening and was driving home from Pinelands, a suburb in Cape Town, when an oncoming car swung in front of him, knocking him off his motorbike. Friends and family arrived within 20 minutes, but the motorcyclist, Christian Hakomeyimana, was already dead. A 20-year-old […]

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Inside India’s Messy Electric Vehicle Revolution

A million electric rickshaws sprang up out of nowhere and are now being used by 60 million people a day. The government and vehicle makers are struggling to catch up. Credit Photographs and Video by Saumya Khandelwal By Vindu Goel and Karan Deep Singh Aug. 22, 2019 NEW DELHI — It’s the morning rush hour […]

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Why It’s Unusual for Drivers to Be Charged in Cyclist Deaths

Weather: Brace for what should be the hottest day of the week. It’ll be mostly sunny and in the 90s, with a chance of thunderstorms into the evening. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Labor Day (Sept. 2). ImageA memorial for the cyclist José Alzorriz in Midwood, Brooklyn.CreditScott Heins for The New York Times More New […]

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Thailand’s Roads Are Deadly. Especially if You’re Poor.

ImageParamedics treat an injured man after a motorcycle accident in Bangkok in April.CreditAdam Dean for The New York Times When things go wrong, those in power often promise to make it right. But do they? In this series, The Times investigates to see if those promises were kept. BANGKOK — The Thai woman was riding […]

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Cedric Benson, 36, Former Running Back, Dies

Cedric Benson, a running back who was a dominant force for the University of Texas before an eight-year career in the National Football League, died on Saturday. He was 36. His friends and family told The Austin American-Statesman that he had been in a motorcycle crash. The police responded to a crash in Austin, Tex., […]

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The People of Central Park West Want Their Parking Spaces (Sorry, Cyclists)

The roadwork notices were tied to trees and signposts on a Friday along one of the world’s best-known streets. The following Monday, crews arrived on Central Park West and began setting up a protected bike lane, which eliminated about 200 parking spaces in an almost mile-long stretch. The next day, representatives for a luxury Central […]

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She Wanted a Man With a Good Job Who Is Nice to Animals

“Stay here and guard the castle,” I would say to my dog, Dusty, every time I left our condo. Over the years, his eyes — one blue, one brown — had become washed with gray, his sight was failing, and his hips were becoming tight. He was hardly a guard dog. When I came home, […]

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Our Cars Are Trying to Keep Us Safe. Here’s How.

Regrettably, personal jet packs and flux capacitors remain figures of science fiction and have not appeared in our garages. The same goes for fully self-driving automobiles. A few years ago, breathless analysts predicted we’d now be napping behind the wheel while commuting. Nope. Rip Van Winkle may find it popular in 20 years, but full […]

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When de Blasio’s Daughter Moved, His Security Detail Carried the Futon

It was not so long ago when Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke eloquently about New York being a “tale of two cities,” a place where the privileged had all the advantages, and the working class and poor had none. Mr. de Blasio aimed to change that, using his office to create and expand universal prekindergarten […]

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The Stolen Car Was Going 154 M.P.H. Five People Ended Up Dead.

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. — On a short stretch of Route 25, which bisects most of Long Island, the stores and gas stations stop, and all that surrounds the road are trees from the Rocky Point Pine Barrens State Forest. The McCoy family had hit that serene patch in Suffolk County, heading east in their Mazda […]

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Driverless Cars Arrive in New York City

Driverless cars have rolled into New York City, finally. But don’t expect to see them traveling down Fifth Avenue anytime soon. The cars have been corralled behind the gates of the sprawling Brooklyn Navy Yard — away from city streets teeming with cars, bikes and pedestrians. The cars will begin shuttling people on Wednesday around […]

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We’ve Blamed Traffic Deaths on Bicyclists Since 1880. What About Drivers?

On an early October evening in 1880, 17-year old Mary Porter was on horseback, returning home from Prospect Park in Brooklyn, when a nearby coachman lost control of his charge; the horse lunged toward her and she fell to her death. Blame was placed quickly. The coachman maintained that the horse had reacted to a […]

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Top Court Intervenes in Rape Case That Has Stunned India

MYSURU, India — The Supreme Court of India has intervened in the case of a regional lawmaker suspected of trying to kill a woman who accused him of rape, ordering police protection for the woman and moving the rape trial out of the state where he wields political power. The lawmaker, Kuldeep Singh Sengar, has […]

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