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November 2017 Archives

Study links Pokéstops to increase in traffic accidents

Pokémon Go was launched in July 2016 and continues to draw millions of smartphone users; however, the game has reportedly contributed to an increase in accidents and injuries, many of them on the road. New York residents may want to know that a recent study from Purdue University has estimated that increase in accidents, especially within the first five months of the game's existence.

Keeping teens with ADHD out of car crashes

A recent study published by JAMA Pediatrics claims that teens with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are one-third more likely to get in a car accident than those without the condition. ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder, the symptoms of which include a lack of focus, impulsive behavior, and signs of hyperactivity like excessive talking. These make people with the condition more prone to distracted driving. However, before drivers in New York start to worry, researchers for the study say that this statistic isn't alarming.

Fewer daylight hours could lead to more crashes

As days become shorter with the end of daylight savings time, motorists in New York and other states may notice an increase in wildlife activity on or near the roadway. The annual return to standard time places many commuters behind the wheel at dusk and dawn when wild animals are likely to be on the move. With property losses due to wildlife-related crashes averaging more than $3,400 per incident, motorists everywhere may want to take precautions to mitigate the risks posed by unexpected animal encounters while driving.

Learn to keep distraction out of your driving

No matter how long you have had your driver's license, chances are you have driven distracted at least once. You take pride in your safe driving record, but like other safe drivers in Brooklyn, a distraction could come along when you least expect it, and you do not even consciously have to make the decision to be distracted.

What are Brooklyn's most dangerous intersections?

If you listen to a police scanner in Brooklyn, it's likely you will hear the words “accident with injuries at Tillary and Flatbush." That's because there are an estimated 180 collisions per year at the intersection, making it the most dangerous intersection in Brooklyn, according to information compiled from the city’s motor vehicle collision data set. 

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