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“Share The Road” should no longer be a plea primarily aimed at the drivers of vehicles.

In a Facebook post on Thursday, New York State Sen. Dian Savino (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn) had plenty to say about cyclist who disregard traffic laws.

Labor activist Mike McGuire wrote on Facebook about a woman that was killed by a bicyclist on Thursday of last week at West Drive and 62nd street in Central Park.

Responding to the post, Savino remarked, “how about red light cameras in the bike lanes?”

She went on to comment on subsequent posts expressing her frustrations with rogue cyclists. She wrote that she often screams out of her car window, “Hey, find a F***ing bike lane and get in it.”

Sen. Savino insisted to the New York Daily News that her remarks were a joke. But, she was serious about her irritation with bicyclists that disobey traffic laws. She expressed that in her opinion greater enforcement is needed, and that all cyclist needed to start taking responsibility personally.

The Central Park accident occurred when the 31-year old cyclist plowed into the female pedestrian. No charges have been filed against the 31-year-old cyclist so far. He stayed at the scene, and the Manhattan District Attorney’s office has launched an investigation.

City officials are looking into new enforcement measures. The city’s transportation commissioner, Polly Trottenberg said earlier this week they will explore ways to stop future accidents like the one that claimed the life of the woman in Central Park.

The investigation of the accident in Central Park has not revealed how fast the cyclist was traveling, but Trottenberg said the bike speed limit could possibly be reduced from the current 25mph limit.

Cyclists throughout the five boroughs were issued 4,300 tickets compared to motorist’s 3,200, in the de Blasio administration’s “Operation Safe Cycle” last month. An initiative to go after cyclist who fail to obey traffic laws.

Approximately half the cyclists received violations for failure to stop at a red light.

According to the CDC, over 900 bicyclists were killed in the US in 2013. There were an estimated 494,000 emergency department visits due to bicycle-related injuries.

These statistics are shocking. The data collected by the CDC estimates that in 2010 alone there were approximately $10 billion in lifetime medical costs and productivity losses attributed to bicycle accidents.

Children between the ages of 5 and 14-years-old, adolescents, and young adults between the ages of 15 and 24-years-old, have the highest rates of bicycle related injuries. This accounts for nearly 52% of bicycle related injuries recorded by U.S. emergency rooms.

Males are much more likely to be killed or injured on a bike that females. But, adolescents and young adults between the ages of 15 and 29-years-old, and adults aged 45 years or older have the highest death rates caused by bicycle accidents.

The simple fact is, all accidents should be preventable if everyone on the road obeyed the traffic laws, remained focused on the road, and made safety a personal priority for themselves and for their fellow travelers.

In New York, personal injuries are steadily climbing. If you suffered a personal injury in New York or if a family member of yours was killed in a pedestrian accident caused by a negligent driver, it is important to seek legal counsel immediately. New York personal injury attorneys Pulvers Thompson can help you recover fair compensation for lost wages, medical cost related to your injury. It is the job of a New York personal injury attorney is to ensure your legal rights are protected and help you get compensation for long-term suffering or diminished quality of life.

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