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Reasons cited for drop in car fatalities

People walking away from bad crashes

A Rotterdam police officer inspects damage to the Bellevue Gospel Chapel in Rotterdam after it was impacted by the collision of a Honda minivan and a Chevrolet Camaro in an early morning accident. Two passengers from the minivan were taken by Rotterdam Ambulance to Albany Medical Center. (Photo by Peter Barber)
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
A Rotterdam police officer inspects damage to the Bellevue Gospel Chapel in Rotterdam after it was impacted by the collision of a Honda minivan and a Chevrolet Camaro in an early morning accident. Two passengers from the minivan were taken by Rotterdam Ambulance to Albany Medical Center. (Photo by Peter Barber)
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Over the years, New York State Police Sgt. Dan Larkin has seen a lot of terrible car crashes. But today, those terrible crashes are a lot less likely to be fatal, thanks to stricter traffic safety laws, safer roads and safer vehicles. “All of the troopers on patrol have had the experience of rolling up to a car accident scene, seeing people standing on the side of the road and a couple of cars in ...

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cfield
May 5, 2013
8:19 a.m.

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One thing the state has not done is to raise the monetary threshold of damage, $1000.00, which requires an accident report be filed. With the costs of repairs to today's vehicles the statute needs to be changed. Also it would be interesting to see what the numbers are on Hit and Run accident reports which sometime come into play for insurance fraud and DWI's. This is a good article but I think the statics as they are presented by the state are not broken down correctly.

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