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AAA: Drivers’ Education Classes Reduces Teen Crash Rates by 4.3% and Lowers the Number of Traffic Tickets Received by Nearly 40%

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Ridgewood NJ, our friends at SmartFinancial compiled statistics to see who takes drivers education classes and if they prevent accidents. “You can you expect a 5 to 20% discount on car insurance for taking a drivers ed course,” says Michael Orefice, SVP of Operations at SmartFinancial. “You will also be less likely to be involved in a car accident.”

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Transportation: What Changes Can We Expect In The Future of NYC?

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The police department reported 269 fatalities in 2020 and 288 in 2021, making it the deadliest period in at least ten years. More than 2,000 individuals, or 250 on average per year, have been killed in car crashes since de Blasio entered office in 2014.

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Drug Overdoses Killed More Americans Than Car Crashes or Guns

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46,471: Drug Overdoses Killed More Americans Than Car Crashes or Guns

By Susan Jones | November 5, 2015 | 7:52 AM EST
More than half of the 46,471 drug-related deaths in 2013 were caused by prescription painkillers and heroin, the DEA says.

(CNSNews.com) – “Drug overdose deaths are the leading cause of injury death in the United States, ahead of motor vehicle deaths and firearms (deaths),” the Drug Enforcement Agency announced on Wednesday.

In 2013, the most recent year for which data is available, 46,471 people in the United States died from drug overdoses, and more than half of those deaths were caused by prescription painkillers and heroin.

That compares with the 35,369 who died in motor vehicle crashes and 33,636 who died from firearms, as tallied by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Sadly this report confirms what we’ve known for some time: drug abuse is ending too many lives while destroying families and communities,” Acting DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg said as he released the 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment.

“We must stop drug abuse before it begins by teaching young people at an even earlier age about its many dangers and horrors.”

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Ridgewood intersection closed after car crashes into hydrant

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Ridgewood intersection closed after car crashes into hydrant

OCTOBER 6, 2014    LAST UPDATED: MONDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2014, 1:26 PM
BY JODI WEINBERGER
STAFF WRITER
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS

Ridgewood major throughway South Van Dien Avenue is shut down between Hanks Avenue and Lotus Road after a car knocked a hydrant out of the ground this morning, sending water gushing out into the street.

At noon on Monday, police and safety officials were still trying to determine the scope of the damage caused when a car crashed into a fire hydrant at 9:37 a.m. at the corner of South Van Dien and Spring avenues.

“The intersection may be shut down for a while,” said Jeremy Kleiman, director of the Office of Emergency Management.

Police said the male driver refused medical attention following the accident and his car was towed away. Police could not answer why the accident occurred or if a summons had been issued.

David Scheibner, Ridgewood Water’s business director, said the village shut down the valves in that area, but that the shutdown would not impact the water supply to any homes.

Typically when fire hydrants are hit, they pop out with little damage to the ground below, said Kleiman, but this crash caused the water main to rupture and created a 6-foot deep crater in front of a Spring Avenue home.

“Our concern is about gas levels in the manholes. [Right now] the levels are fine,” Kleiman said. “Initially we thought we may have to evacuate.”

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Survey: More Than 1 In 4 Car Crashes Involve Cellphone Use

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Survey: More Than 1 In 4 Car Crashes Involve Cellphone Use

National Safety Council: 26 Percent Tied To Use, But Only 5 Percent To TextingMarch 27, 2014 11:34 AM

STAMFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — Texting and driving is dangerous but a new survey finds talking on a cellphone while behind the wheel may be even worse.

As WCBS 880′s Paul Murnane reported from Stamford, the National Safety Council’s annual reportfound 26 percent of all crashes are tied to phone use, but noted just 5 percent involved texting.

Safety advocates are lobbying now for a total ban on driver phone use, pointing to studies that headsets do not reduce drive distraction.

Some motorists said they support the idea.

“Everybody’s on a telephone. If people do cut you off, you look and they’re talking on the telephone. I think they are a problem.” a driver told Murnane. “Hands-free or not.”

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