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New York - NY Senate Passes Bill That Requires NYC Trucks To Install "Cross-Over Mirrors"

Published on: May 23, 2011 06:07 PM
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This photograph appeared with a Daily News story that reported the death of 4-year-old Moses Englender of Brooklyn, as well as with an editorial that called for preventive action by the Legislature. The image appears to have had an impact in Albany. Editorial today by the NY Daily News.This photograph appeared with a Daily News story that reported the death of 4-year-old Moses Englender of Brooklyn, as well as with an editorial that called for preventive action by the Legislature. The image appears to have had an impact in Albany. Editorial today by the NY Daily News.

New York - The New York State Senate today passed legislation that will require certain trucks to be equipped with a special convex mirror that helps improve visibility and reduces the risk of pedestrian accidents. The bill (S.3151), sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R,C,I-Brooklyn), was requested by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg following a significant number of pedestrian deaths and injuries attributed to the inability of some truck drivers to see people passing in front of their vehicles.

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“Trucks equipped with crossover mirrors eliminate the truck driver’s blind spot and allow drivers to see pedestrians crossing in front of them,” Senator Golden said. “I am proud to have introduced this important legislation that the state Senate has approved. I urge my colleagues in the state Assembly to now approve this bill, so that Governor Cuomo can sign it into law, and we can reduce pedestrian fatalities and injuries in New York.

This is about saving lives and keeping New Yorkers safe on our streets.”

“Crowded city streets pose many navigation challenges for vehicles and pedestrians alike,” Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos said.

“Requiring the use of special mirrors known to increase visibility in the front of trucks is a simple step that will reduce the potential for death or injury and improve the safety of New York neighborhoods.”

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2009 Traffic Safety Facts reports that 66 percent of pedestrians killed by trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds were initially impacted by the front of the truck. In New York City, there have been 161 fatal accidents and 2,732 injury accidents involving trucks and pedestrians between 1999 and 2008.

Earlier this month, four-year-old Moses Englender was among the city’s latest tragic victims, when he was killed by a truck while he was riding a tricycle in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The driver apparently could not see the child in front of the truck.

The bill requires all trucks, tractors, and tractor-trailers or semi-trailer combinations registered in New York State with a maximum gross weight of 26,000 pounds or more and a conventional cab configuration, to be equipped with crossover mirrors when operating in New York City.

Crossover mirrors allow the driver to see any person at least three feet tall who passes at least one foot in front of their vehicles. While the exact cost depends on the type of mount used, the mirror heads themselves cost approximately $10 to $29 each and assembly kits which include the mirror head and the adjustable braces and mounting hardware are available for approximately $23 to $57 each.

The bill has been sent to the Assembly.


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 May 23, 2011 at 06:46 PM Anonymous Says:

Well, if you see such a picture with a little empty bike, it rips your heart. You need to have a heart of stone not to pass this law.

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 May 23, 2011 at 07:01 PM 1stAdmendment Says:

Another law that won't help! Promoting safety is the best way, a careless driver doesn't care how much or what kind of mirrors are on his truck!

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 May 23, 2011 at 07:22 PM Isaac60 Says:

This is just amazing, it happened in Williamsburg Brooklyn, where the shameless elected officials starting with Congressman Ed Towns, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, State Senator Daniel Squadron and the new UJO Councilman Steve Levin all "sleeping at the wheel" and doing nothing, CONVEX MIRROR ON THE WALL, SHAME TO YOU ALL.

While other elected officials from other districts and neighborhoods care more about our children then our own elected official.

A photo of a ribbon cutting or a dinner must be more important, lets forget them at the next election as well-lets make this bill "The Englender Law"

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 May 23, 2011 at 07:25 PM Boochie Says:

One child to late

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 May 23, 2011 at 07:48 PM gagongen Says:

Reply to #2  
1stAdmendment Says:

Another law that won't help! Promoting safety is the best way, a careless driver doesn't care how much or what kind of mirrors are on his truck!

but this time it was acarefull driver and he realy dident saw the child i was on the seen live and it was a high truk and it was imposible to see the child

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 May 23, 2011 at 09:51 PM shredready Says:

Reply to #2  
1stAdmendment Says:

Another law that won't help! Promoting safety is the best way, a careless driver doesn't care how much or what kind of mirrors are on his truck!

no law helps if someone does not want to follow it.

however, this law will prevent accidents you can drive as careful as you want but what you do not see you do not se

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 May 23, 2011 at 10:06 PM Anon Ibid Opcit Says:

They make a difference. There are pedestrians and small vehicles I never would have seen without them. It won't stop all accidents, but it will save lives for a very small investment.

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 May 23, 2011 at 11:23 PM booky Says:

Reply to #2  
1stAdmendment Says:

Another law that won't help! Promoting safety is the best way, a careless driver doesn't care how much or what kind of mirrors are on his truck!

I drive a school bus and I must say a lot of catastrophe has been prevented thanks to these mirrors in the front, its a must, its impossible to see in front of me without it. Its a Very good law!! A pithy that its very expensive about 80 to 90 dollars each.

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 May 24, 2011 at 08:39 AM plainsimplehappy Says:

Driver was innocent! Was impossible to see the child! This mirror is extremely important!
BTW: this law already exists fro school buses? I know that the school buses have those mirrors!

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