A Long Island high school senior died following an automobile crash just two weeks before she was set to graduate from high school.
If you live in or around Rockville Center, you know that rush hour traffic can be challenging to navigate. Driver behavior can be unpredictable, and cars can stop and go frequently.
You try to avoid risks. You don't go skydiving or mountain climbing in your free time. You didn't start a career as a police officer or a firefighter. When your friends bought motorcycles, you bought an SUV with a high crash safety rating. You try never to board an airplane unless there is no other choice.
Many New Yorkers have done this while driving: pulling into the Dunkin' Donuts drive-thru for coffee or a bagel on the way to work. Perhaps between seeing clients around lunchtime, workers grab a to-go order from a fast-food restaurant.
Six children were left without a mother when a man intentionally drove his car into a family of eight people in Garnerville, New York, police said.
The streets of Long Island are crowded. The streets of New York City are crowded. Whether you're a pedestrian or a driver, they're tough to navigate, aren't they?
Even if you personally understand how important it is to avoid drinking and driving, you should never assume that every other driver will take the same level of care. Despite the safety risks and potential for serious criminal charges, there will always be people who drink and drive.
There's a lot going on during the December holidays. New York can see snow and other winter hazards. Combine the seasonal bustle with the possibility of poor driving conditions, and the chance of accidents in what should be the most joyous time of the year is a reality.