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A new study from University of Chicago and Rice University researchers shows an uptick in fatal car crashes after Uber and Lyft launched in a city.

Prior to the launch of ride-hailing services, fatal traffic deaths hit their lowest number in half a century in 2010, when Uber first began offering rides in San Francisco.
The authors of the forthcoming research hope to influence the rhetoric surrounding the ride-hailing debate that's consuming some of the US' largest cities, including New York.

In the years before Uber and Lyft started popping up in cities across the United States, deadly car accidents were at record lows.

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Car service driver busted in hit-and-run 'killed' 60-year-old woman who died a month later from an infection:



A car service driver hit an 60-year-old woman and kept going ó leaving her with such severe injuries she died from an unstoppable infection more than a month later, prosecutors said at the start of the driverís trial Friday.

Robert Schuman, 65, a driver for Via, is on trial in Manhattan Supreme Court for manslaughter, assault and leaving the scene of an accident near the Queens Midtown Tunnel around 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 30, 2016.

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The TLC Should Be Held Accountable in The LAWSUITS for ALL of Those Accidents.....Since They ALLOWED Apps to Run Amuck.....

Shame on The Chair she should Resign and Go Over to Uber Where WE ALL Know She IS GOING....!!!!! :o :o :o

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ĎI felt very scaredí: Uber driver testifies over passenger death in Sydney


Nazrul Islam is giving evidence at his hearing for a charge of negligent driving occasioning death. He has pleaded not guilty.

He was behind the wheel in the early hours of June 17 last year, when he picked up Samuel Thomas, Greg Hensman and Stephen Ronning from a house party in Strathfield, to take them into the city.

Islam had only been driving for Uber for three weeks when the accident happened.



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You see them all day long ó cabbies parked in bike lanes checking their phones or driving while searching for their next fare on their devices. Todayís app-based systems basically require New York City tax drivers to be on their phones almost constantly.

Yet the NYPD wrote just 41 tickets in the first nine months of this year to cabbies violating this basic safety rule, according to data provided by the Taxi and Limousine Commission.

Itís not that cops donít know itís illegal for cabbies to operate their phones while driving or unlawfully parked. Itís in the state vehicle and traffic law, chapter 33, section 1225-c and 1225-d. But itís also right there in the cab driver rule book: Section 80-14(g) states, ďA driver must not use an electronic communication device while operating a vehicle. A driver can use an electronic communication device only while the vehicle is lawfully standing or parked.Ē

And itís not that the problem isnít happening. The Taxi and Limousine Commissionís 175 or so enforcement agents wrote 5,259 tickets for drivers violating 80-14(g) over the same nine-month period this year that the NYPD wrote just 41 tickets.

And the Port Authority Police, who patrol predominantly at the airports, wrote 1,102 such tickets this year, again according to the TLC ó up from just 73 over the same period last year.

Itís unclear exactly how many of the 171,000 crashes between Jan. 1, 2018 and Sept. 30, 2018 were strictly the result of a driver on a phone, but city data cited ďdriver inattention/distractionĒ as the cause of 39,870 or 23 percent. And of the 33,304 crashes that resulted in injuries, inattention and distraction was the cause of 8,221 or 25 percent.

Any way you cut it, drivers who operate vehicles while on their phones are a safety menace. But in a city where tens of thousands of Uber, Lyft, Via and other app-based drivers are required to manipulate their devices as part of their job, cabs are an even bigger threat. Anecdotally, cyclists, pedestrians and cab passengers logged scores of complaints about phone-juggling cabbies on the Reported app ó evidence that the NYPD could easily be writing dozens of tickets a day, not just 41 in nine months.

Scrolling through the appís data stream ó which Reported shared with Streetsblog under the agreement that users would not be identified by name ó is like plucking the lowest-hanging fruit of Vision Zero.

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