Motorcycle Fatalities On The Rise In New York State

first_imgCropped Chris Yarzab / CC BY 2.0 ALBANY — Deaths from motorcycle crashes are up more than 17 percent compared to last year, according to the Institute For Traffic Safety Management and Research.At this time last year, state officials tracked and reported 73 motorcycle-related deaths, compared to 86 thus far this year.Motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to die in a crash than people in passenger cars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which also reports that despite representing only 3 percent of all registered motor vehicles, motorcyclists account for 14 percent of all traffic-related fatalities nationwide.Governor Andrew M. Cuomo warned of a spike in motorcycle fatalities as reported by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and urged drivers and motorcyclists to use caution as the busy holiday travel begins. According to the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research at the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College, preliminary data shows that as of August 15, 2020, deaths from motorcycle crashes are up more than 17 percent compared to the same period in 2019. “Danger does not take a holiday and with increased traffic on the road this Labor Day weekend, we all have a responsibility to exercise good judgment and caution,” Cuomo said. “New York State will continue to crack down on dangerous driving behavior because the safety of all drivers and passengers will always be a top priority for us.”Mark J.F. Schroeder, DMV Commissioner and Chair of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, said, “The motorcycle riding season is winding down and with nice weather predicted for this long holiday weekend, we expect more traffic and more riders on the roads, so I am urging everyone to be responsible, pay attention, and slow down. We all play a part in keeping one another safe on our roads and it is up to every driver and rider to stop this alarming trend in motorcycle fatalities from continuing.”Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),I agree I had four people pull out in front of me this season which is due to lazy driving on their part. That’s why I drive my bike like everyone is out to get me.,Assholes need to get off the phone/texting while they are driving there cars and pay attention to there driving,Every other vehicle are on there phones !!,That’s why on both are cycles i have a flashing head lights . I will not ride without just this weekend on my ride to keuka two cars move over when i was ridinglast_img read more

Mermaid Eyes Positive Outlook Despite Red Numbers

first_imgMermaid Maritime, a provider of subsea and drilling services to the offshore oil and gas industry, has reported net loss of $6.2 million for the three-month period ended March 31, 2018.This result compares with quarterly profit of some $0.7 million in the corresponding period in 2017.The Singapore-listed company generated revenue of $20.8 million, versus $38.4 million same time last year. According to Mermaid, a 46 percent year-over-year drop in revenues was mainly due to lower fleet utilization and dry docking of its two performing vessels.Subsea division generated 50 percent lower quarterly service income of $18 million. Subsea gross loss for the three months ended March 31, 2018 was $4.4 million, compared to gross profit of $4.5 million same time last year.“Looking further into 2018 the outlook for the offshore industry is dramatically improved. Oil prices are recovering, the industry has significantly restructured, and the “obsession” with shale growth is finally diminishing. At long last an offshore up-cycle is poised to begin.“We can safely say that the offshore markets are through the bottoming process and an upturn is beginning to unfold. While the upturn may be methodical and somewhat slow in the beginning, better days lie ahead,” Mermaid said in its quarterly earnings report.Subsea World News Stafflast_img read more

MPs vote to remove abortion clinic safe zones from Bill

first_imgRadio NZ News 11 March 2020Family First Comment: “In a confused vote in Parliament, MPs have done away with all sections of the Abortion Legislation Bill that would have made legally protected ‘safe areas’ possible outside clinics.”Whoops! The bill had its second reading in Parliament last night, in which possible changes were debated and voted on ahead of the third and final reading.ACT leader David Seymour’s proposal was voted for in two parts – the first, to have the definition of Safe Zones removed from the bill, was narrowly voted down 59 votes to 56.However, MPs seemed unprepared for a second vote on the substance of his changes – doing away with all the provisions that would put safe zones in place.Up for debate were 150-metre safe zones that could be established around abortion clinics on a case-by-case basis, to prohibit intimidating or interfering behaviour.That second vote was on removing all the legal provisions for safe zones, including the ways in which the police could administer them so as to protect women from harassment as they sought abortions.That vote, to delete sections 15 through 17 of the bill, was taken in a voice vote only, and it passed – rendering the definition of ‘safe area’ redundant in the law.Deputy Speaker Anne Tolley passed it on a verbal vote.READ MORE: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/political/411409/mps-vote-to-remove-abortion-clinic-safe-zones-from-billAndrew Little will not try to re-insert ‘safe zones’ into abortion bill after procedural snafuStuff co.nz 11 March 2020Justice Minister Andrew Little will not try to re-introduce “safe zones” into his abortion legalisation bill after a procedural snafu saw them removed on Tuesday night.The proposed safe zones would set up a regime where protest and harassment of those seeking abortions could be barred within 150 metres of clinics.But some MPs are against the safe zones on free speech grounds, including several who support the wider abortion legalisation bill.Abortion is generally treated as a “conscience issue” – meaning MPs can vote freely of their parties, which can make things much more chaotic.On a late night sitting on Tuesday night those against the safe zones actually lost their first attempt to remove them, when an amendment deleting the definition of safe zones lost 59 votes to 56.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/120177061/andrew-little-will-not-try-to-reinsert-safe-zones-into-abortion-bill-after-procedural-snafulast_img read more