Distracted Driving: Is It Causing Declines in Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety?

Highway safety analysts use adjectives like “counter intuitive,” “shocking,” and “alarming” when referring to the fact that after three decades of overall declines in traffic fatalities, deaths resulting from road accidents have increased 14 percent over two years from 2014 to 2016. And they’re right. The truly startling aspect of this road safety downturn is […]

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Biking While Intoxicated in New York

In 2006, the South Dakota State Legislature passed a law making it legal for people on bicycles (and horses!) to ride while under the influence of alcohol—because they wanted to discourage people from driving their cars home after drinking too much, and encourage “safer” options like riding their bikes or horses home. Some states do […]

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Capital Region Bike-Sharing Program Announces Locations

The CDPHP Cycle! bike-sharing program, a joint initiative of the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) and the Capital District Physician’s Health Plan (CDPHP), continues full steam ahead since we blogged about it earlier this year. Last week, CDTA and CDPHP announced the locations of 38 bike-share stations across the capital region. The CDPHP Cycle! program […]

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Pedestrian-Motor Vehicle Accidents: What are Your Rights if You’ve Been Injured?

Earlier this week, Governor Cuomo announced a $15 million investment for improvements to Route 787 in Cohoes that will enhance safety while creating a pedestrian-friendly gateway to the city. This is an important step in helping make one of our busiest Capital Region roadways safer. And these improvements are desperately needed. On average, New Yorkers […]

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Is Jaywalking Really a Crime?

You may be wondering: just exactly what is jaywalking? Merriam Webster defines it as follows: “to cross a street carelessly or in an illegal manner so as to be endangered by traffic.” Ok, so what constitutes “an illegal manner”? According to NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law, if there aren’t any crosswalks, signs or signals, the […]

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