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Pedestrian struck and killed in Jamaica

| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com


A 53-year-old man was fatally hit in Jamaica Saturday as he was trying to cross Liberty Avenue, according to police.

The accident happened at about 4:50 a.m. near Tuckerton Street.

After he was struck by the car, the victim, who has yet to be identified by police, was taken to Jamaica Hospital where he was pronounced dead, cops said.

The driver remained on the scene and the investigation continues.


Queens’ Morning Roundup

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morning roundup


Tuesday: Snow this morning will mix with and change to rain this afternoon. High 36. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation 90%. Snowfall around one inch.Tuesday night: Light snow this evening will give way to some clearing late. Low 26F. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 50%.

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Cuomo calls for tax break for New York State renters

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo has decided to support the minority position of his own tax commission when it comes to providing a property tax credit to renters across the state, with most of the break going to New York City tenants. Read more: CBS New York/AP

NYC ads target reckless drivers with tragic images

The city is targeting reckless drivers with an ad campaign featuring two heartbroken New Yorkers standing where their loved ones were struck and killed. Read more: New York Post

New York, New Jersey drivers better than Southern counterparts, listing shows

When it comes to driving, New Yorkers put their Southern counterparts to shame. Read more: New York Daily News

Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $586 million

The Mega Millions jackpot has been boosted to $586 million, a jump from the earlier projection but still trailing a $656 million prize last year that was the largest in U.S. history. Read more: CBS New York/AP

As NORAD Tracks Santa, critics track NORAD

The U.S. and Canadian military’s beloved Santa Tracker is facing something new this year — public criticism. Read more: AP




Cuomo signs tougher texting-while-driving law

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation into law strengthening texting-while-driving penalties for young and new drivers.

“Statistic after statistic shows that texting-while-driving is a chronic problem in our society, particularly among teenagers, and it will only get worse if we do not take action to prevent this deadly behavior,” said Cuomo. “That is what this law will do: it will make drivers of all ages think twice before taking their eyes off the road to answer a message on their phone.”

The new law will apply to probationary license holders, those who passed their test within the last six months and junior license holders, drivers under 18 who have some license restrictions.

For the first conviction, probationary and junior licenses will be suspended for 60 days. If there is another violation within six months of the license being restored, probationary licenses will be revoked for six months and junior licenses for 60 days.

Those are the same penalties probationary and junior licenses holders receive for speeding and reckless driving.

When Cuomo proposed the legislation, he also directed the state DMV to increase penalties for texting-while-driving for all drivers starting the weekend of June 1. He asked the New York State Police to increase enforcement of the texting-while-driving ban during the summer.

Under the order, the DMV increased the number of points earned on a person’s driving record from three to five if they are convicted of texting-while-driving and other cell-phone related violations.



Governor Cuomo announces stricter penalties for driving while texting

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced new actions to strengthen penalties for texting-while-driving in order to keep all New Yorkers safe on the road.

Effective June 1, Cuomo directed the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to establish tougher penalties for texting-while-driving for all drivers and new penalties for young and new drivers.

“As the father of three teenagers, I know firsthand the importance of instilling safe practices in our young drivers who are developing lifelong habits as they learn to navigate the road,” said Cuomo. “Inattention and inexperience is a deadly combination – one this legislation seeks to deter. We are urging young and inexperienced drivers to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel, while putting stronger penalties in place for drivers of all ages who violate the law and put others in danger. No parent should have to experience losing a child at the hands of a text message.”

Starting this weekend, Cuomo has also asked the New York State Police to increase enforcement of the texting-while-driving ban during the summer.

Under this new order, the DMV will increase the number of points, from three to five points earned on a person’s driving record if they are convicted for texting-while-driving and any other cell-phone related violations.

Cuomo is also proposing legislation that would impose the same penalties on drivers for texting-while-driving that they currently receive for speeding and reckless driving.

Probationary and junior licenses would be suspended for 60 days for the first conviction. If there is another violation within six months of the license being restored, probationary licenses would be revoked for six months and junior licenses for 60 days.

“With the increased use of mobile devices, we have all become more concerned about safety on our highway,” said DMV Commissioner Barbara J. Fiala. “I congratulate Governor Cuomo on his continued efforts to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and for putting increased penalties in place for those who engage in the dangerous behavior of texting while driving.”

Gas prices rise for 8th consecutive week

| brennison@queenscourier.com

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Prices at the pump continue to trend upward, as costs rose for the eighth consecutive week.

The average price for a gallon of gas in the city has risen to $4.08, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report.

Over the past month the cost of gas has jumped 17 cents.

For much of the year, drivers were paying less for gas than a year ago. But as prices have steadily risen, the cost has zoomed past what New Yorkers were paying last year when gas was $3.97 per gallon.

Nationally, the average also continues to rise. A gallon of gas nationally is $3.75, 26 cents higher than a month ago.


Helping Seniors Drive Safer, Longer

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

(Family Features) Since January 2011, nearly 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day, joining the fastest growing age group in the nation. According to a recent American Automobile Association (AAA) survey of that booming population, nearly half of seniors worry about losing their freedom and mobility when the time comes for them to transition from driver to passenger.

From understanding how vision changes affect one’s ability to drive at night, to researching the effects certain medications can have on one’s driving ability, it’s important to get the facts about driving for seniors. Use these tips from AAA to ensure you and your family members are driving safely:

Evaluate your driving.

It’s important to take time to consider one’s driving “health” and habits. For instance, when was the last time you had an eye exam? You can take a Driver 65 Plus self-assessment at www.SeniorDriving.AAA.com to get a clear picture of just how good your driving skills really are, and get suggestions for improvement.

Be aware of how aging affects driving habits.

Seniors may not notice the gradual ways that age can impact their driving ability. For instance, by age 60, your eyes need three times the amount of light to see properly as they do for people 20 years-old, which means it’s more difficult to see at night. Likewise, one-third of Americans suffer from hearing loss by age 65, which means senior drivers may be unable to hear high-pitched noises such as emergency response vehicles.

Reaction times can be slower for seniors as well. But preventative measures can go a long way:

• Seniors should increase the distance between their car and the car in front of them, to allow more time to react to sudden braking.

• Eliminating distractions in the vehicle and avoiding heavy traffic can also help seniors identify emergency sirens.

Find the right fit.

Many seniors may not realize that their car may not be optimally adjusted to fit them. For example, sitting too close to the steering wheel can injury, should the airbag deploy during a collision.

• Make sure you have at least 10 to 12 inches between your chest and the steering wheel.

• When seated properly, you should be able to see the ground in front of your car within 12 to 15 feet and 1 1/2 car widths left and right.

Talk with your doctor and pharmacist.

Ensure that the medications you take — both prescription and over-the-counter — will not impair your ability to drive safely. In addition, make sure all your medications go through one pharmacy, so the pharmacists on staff can better assess any potential drug interactions.

To help older drivers and their families deal with driving and mobility challenges related to aging, AAA has launched a new website (www.SeniorDriving.AAA.com) to make a comprehensive suite of tools and resources available at the click of a button. From an Ask-the-Expert feature to Roadwise Review — an online screening tool that measures functional abilities linked to crash risk — and more, all of the features are free to site visitors. The site also offers links and resources to help families find other means of transportation when their loved one is no longer able to drive safely.


Gas prices continue to roll back

| brennison@queenscourier.com

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Gas prices have continued their more than two month slide.

Prices at the pump have reached their lowest point since mid-February, with the average price in New York City settling at $3.92, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report.

The cost of gas has fallen more than five cents in the past week and 24 cents since the beginning of May.

Last year, New York drivers were paying $4.13 for a gallon of gas.

Nationally, the average cost for a gallon of gas is $3.59, 20 cents lower than last month.