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Newsman Richard Threlkeld Dies in Car Accident – ABC News

Richard Threlkeld, a far-ranging and award-winning correspondent who worked for both CBS and ABC News during a long career, has been killed in a car crash on New York’s Long Island.

The 74-year-old Threlkeld died Friday morning in Amagansett, N.Y., when his car collided with a propane tanker.

He was pronounced dead at Southampton Hospital, according to the East Hampton, N.Y., Police Department. He lived in nearby East Hampton.

Newsman Richard Threlkeld Dies in Car Accident – ABC News.

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Study: Tougher teen driving laws would save lives, money

Insurance and safety advocates said Tuesday that nationwide restrictions on teenage driver’s licenses could save 2,000 lives and billions of dollars each year.

In a report released Tuesday, the National Safety Council, a congressionally chartered independent research agency, asked what would happen if a variety of laws known generally as “graduated driver licensing,” or GDL, were fully adopted in all 50 states.

Besides saving about 2,000 lives, universal adoption would also save more than $13 billion a year, said the report, which was funded by the Allstate Foundation, charitable and research group supported by insurance giant Allstate Corp.

GDL laws include more than just legislating that teenagers can’t get driver’s licenses until they’re 18. They also encompass bans on texting and other cellphone use while driving, restrictions on nighttime driving by 16- and 17-year-olds and limits on the number of passengers in a car driven by a teen. They’re currently a patchwork, with some states’ having adopted most restrictions and others’ having adopted as few as one, said John Ulczycki, the safety council’s group vice president for research.

Projections on death were derived from baseline data published in a 2007 report (.pdf) examining GDL laws by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, and “what we know from (that) study is that when a state passes a GDL with one component, it gets a 4 percent reduction in deaths,” Ulczycki told

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Ulczycki acknowledged that the 2007 AAA report used data that went back as far as 1994, but he said that because the safety council was looking simply at lives saved year over year, “the total number of lives saved each year” was statistically sound.

For the cost savings, the safety council used its own annual data on crashes involving teenage drivers, compiling reports on medical expenses, wage and insurance losses, police and ambulance costs, vehicle damage and costs to employers for lost productivity. The report’s projections were compared to costs from 2009, when the safety council calculated that teen crashes cost the U.S. $38.3 billion annually.

Study: Tougher teen driving laws would save lives, money.

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Woman killed, passenger critical in one-car accident

Updated: December 6, 2011, 4:09 PM

The driver of a vehicle that failed to stop at a Chautauqua County intersection was killed and her passenger critically injured late Monday in a Town of Poland crash.

The 36 year old women, who was driving west on Hartson Road shortly before midnight in a 2001 Mazda, failed to stop at the intersection of Stone Road, sheriff’s deputies said.

The woman applied her brakes as she passed through the “T” intersection, but was unable to stop, deputies said.

Her car then left the road and went over an embankment, hitting a large tree head-on and came to rest in Cassadaga Creek.

Emergency responders pronounced the woman dead at the scene and removed her passenger, a male, 41, from the vehicle, deputies said. The man was taken to WCA Hospital in Jamestown and then transferred to Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pa., where he is listed in critical condition.

Deputies said the investigation into the accident continues.

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Framingham State student in fatal crash

Framingham police have identified the driver in the single-car crash Sunday morning in which a Framingham State University student was killed.

A 22-year-old Framingham State University student from Haverhill, lost control of her Honda Civic and hit a telephone pole off Badger Road around 2:19 a.m., according to police.

The crash killed the 20-year-old Framingham State student and Bridgewater resident. She died on the scene after being ejected from the backseat.

Police said it appears the victim was not wearing a seatbelt.

Three other passengers in the car were injured.

Police said the accident is under investigation. They have not determined a cause.

Victims were transported from the scene via MedFlight to Massachusetts General Hospital, where they received treatment and were released today with a minor injuries according to police.

Police have also identified the other three passengers, all Framingham State students.

Framingham State student from Haverhill was driving car in fatal crash.

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Red Light Cameras Nab 27,000 Drivers

Rochester, N.Y. – More than 27,000 violations have been issued to drivers in the year since red light cameras went up at intersections in the city.

There are now 20 cameras, two more will go up next week. The big ticket intersection?
That’s at Jay and State Street where more than 3,500 violations were issued in a six month period between May and October.

Another big intersection catching red light violators? Norton Street and Clinton Avenue where more than 1,400 violators were ticketed in a six month period.

Rochester Police say more than 50 percent of fines are being paid. The city has collected
$344,000 dollars in fines, out of the $850,000 dollars that was projected.

Hundreds of people have challenged tickets, some are dismissed, but police say most stand once the video is reviewed.

Most importantly these cameras have reduced auto accidents at these intersections.

Though some cities have abandoned red light cameras because of controversy over accuracy or difficulty collecting fines, Rochester Police say so far here the program is working and the cameras are here to stay.

In the next two years, police will review accident rates at these intersections, to see how much they have been reduced since cameras were installed.

Not all drivers agree with the idea of red light cameras but most told us if it helps make the intersections safer, they are okay with it. Some question the accuracy of the cameras, and say more needs to be done to “get the bugs out.”

Rochester Police say the cameras are reviewed daily and if there are problems, they are taken down and fixed and violations during those time periods are not sent out.

Red Light Cameras Nab 27,000 Drivers.

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How to Handle Accident Claims

If you’re in an accident

  • After taking care of any injuries first, report the accident to police regardless of the circumstances and find out how to get a copy of the police report.
  • Write down the names, addresses, phone number of the other drivers involved, as well as those of any passengers or witnesses. Always write down the make, model and license plate numbers of the other vehicles.
  • Ask to see the other driver’s insurance card to get the name of his or her insurance company and the policy number.
  • If possible, photograph the accident scene.
  • Notify your insurance agent or company as soon as possible, even if you believe you are not at fault.
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    City Getting Sued Over Cyclist Collision

    City Parks Department are lawsuits over the lack of safety measures around bike routes in Prospect and Central parks. In Manhattan 51-year-old cyclist who hit a dog that darted out in front of her during off-leash hours in July of 2011, is suing the city and Parks Department over the lack of adequate rules about where dogs can and can’t be.

    Dana Jacks, an actress and resident of Windsor Terrace who was injured in a collision with a cyclist in June on West Lake Drive, is preparing to sue the city to the tune of $3 million, the Brooklyn Paper reports. Her injuries from the accident included “a fractured skull along with face and brain trauma that kept her in the hospital for 25 days.” Jacks’s preliminary legal documents place the blame on both the Parks Department and the NYPD for “careless and reckless” enforcement of traffic laws inside the park.

    Earlier this month another pedestrian was gravely injured in a collision with a cyclist in Prospect Park, and had to be put into a medically induced coma. As a result of these and other accidents, last week the Department of Transportation installed traffic cones on West Lake Drive, where cyclists go the fastest, but those present problems of their own. The Times, meanwhile, goes Post-al, blaming dramatic increases in bike ridership for these and other bike collision accidents.

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    Car Crash Warning: Hall Street at Park Avenue

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    If your driving down Park Avenue and Hall Street you’ll see a street sign recently damaged in a car crash. Something needs to be done about this dangerous intersection.

    With all the accidents that occur at this intersection either a traffic light should be put in, or the street should be closed down.

    Between 2005 and 2009 there was an average of four car crashes a year where Hall Street crosses Park Avenue, said Scott Gastel, a department of transportation.

    Many believe that speeding and impatient drivers,  are the two major causes of most of the vehicle accidents at this intersection.

    Owen Marshall, 48, a local cabinetmaker, has seen out-of-control vehicles crash through his fence and hit a lamppost across the street. Once on almost ran him over, he said. Then that car took out his neighbor’s tree, he added.

    “When you live in NYC you sort of accept there’s going to be car accidents from time to time,” Mr. Marshall said. But, he added, “DOT needs to face the facts that they need to do better traffic control on this street.”

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