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January 2020 Archives

Red-light cameras stir controversy despite the good they do

New York residents may or may not support the use of red-light cameras at certain intersections. Nationwide, there has been controversy over these devices, and as a result, fewer communities are installing them. In 2012, 533 communities had them, but by mid-2018, that number fell to 421.

Drivers claim anti-drunk-driving IID a distraction on the road

Brooklyn residents may have heard of the ignition interlock device, an in-car breathalyzer that prevents drunk drivers from heading out on the road. The number of IIDs installed has grown from 133,000 to 350,000 over the past decade, and 34 states have a law requiring these devices in the vehicles of DUI offenders. Those states, incidentally, see 15% fewer alcohol-related crash fatalities than the other states.

Park Slope crash results in new law

In New York state, a new law prohibits drivers who fall asleep behind the wheel to drive again until they have been cleared by a doctor. The law was created after an accident in 2018 that left two people dead and three people injured. One of the injured victims was a pregnant woman who would later miscarry her child. The driver who caused the crash had a seizure before running a red light at Ninth Street and Fifth Avenue.

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