SEAFORD, NY – According to Longisland.com, an elderly woman driving in Seaford struck and injured a 12-year-old boy.
The driver was identified as an 88-year-old woman who was operating a 2008 Chevy Impala. The vehicle hit the pedestrian at about 3:20 in the afternoon on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. The boy suffered serious injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Detectives indicate that there was no criminal activity involved in the incident.
New York City has put a lot of resources and time into making the city safer for pedestrians. The efforts of the city’s Vision Zero program have shown progress. The city-wide death toll from vehicle collisions has dropped significantly over the years since the program was implemented. The number of pedestrian deaths reached a record-breaking low in 2017 before rising a little in 2018.
The efforts have included more enforcement of traffic violations, better-designed streets and crosswalks, and the installation of protected bike lanes.
The biggest change that Vision Zero has brought is a shift in the way that people think about vehicle crashes. In the car-centric United States, many people have long accepted that a certain number of traffic fatalities were just an inevitable part of life. That philosophy is now changing, and the goal of many cities is to eliminate traffic-related deaths entirely.
In addition to changes in road design and laws, and reduced speed limits, vehicle technology will likely contribute to a decreasing number of car accident-related deaths. Vehicles are already beginning to come equipped with safety features that alert a driver when they are too close to another vehicle or object. Moreover, recent technology can also detect pedestrians and prevent a vehicle from striking a person.
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