Families of crash victims pushing NY legislature to pass safety bills

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Families of New York residents killed in traffic crashes are demanding action from the state legislature on a package of bills they say offer greater protections from traffic-related injuries and fatalities.

The group made a stop in Albany at the State Capitol during their 1000-mile journey from New York City, to Rochester, Albany, Syracuse, and Long Island. Each mile represents the New Yorkers killed annually in traffic. Amy Cohen, whose 12 year old son, Sammy, was killed in a traffic incident, told NEWS10 that people need to change the way they talk about road safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers.

“I think the biggest problem is we don’t even realize we have a problem we can solve. We still call them accidents. These are not accidents. These incidents can be prevented. It’s a crash because it is a problem that we can solve,” said Cohen.

The package of eight bills includes the Right to Safe Passage, which would require drivers to pass bicyclists at a distance of a three-foot minimum. A number of the bills in the package have already passed in the Senate but still need an Assembly vote.

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