WHO: New York City Police Department NYPD and Jamaica Hospital Medical Center
WHAT: April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and in an effort to reduce traffic deaths and injuries; Jamaica Hospital, NYPD Chief Tom Chan of the Transportation Bureau and Queens local 102, 107 and 113 precincts will be hosting a community outreach event to raise awareness on the dangers of distracted driving.
WHY: In New York City the most common reason for vehicle-related injuries and fatalities is distracted driving. Through education and the promotion of initiatives such as Vision Zero and Safer Streets Queens, we can drive these numbers down.
WHEN: April 25th at 12:00 PM
WHERE: Jamaica Hospital Main Lobby.
It is estimated that every two hours a vehicle kills or seriously injures a New Yorker. Each year Jamaica Hospital Medical CenterÛªs Level 1 Trauma team responds to over 1,500 trauma activations. A large percentage of these injuries are the result of a motor vehicle accident or a pedestrian being struck. According to the NYPD, ÛÏdangerous driver choices are the primary cause or a contributing factor in 70% of pedestrian fatalities.Û
In response to these numbers Jamaica Hospital and the NYPD are doing their part to help reduce accidents that are caused by dangerous driving.
NYPD local precincts play an integral role in our communities by educating residents about safe driving. Vision Zero, Street Team Officers are often seen in neighborhoods engaging residents while handing out safe driving and pedestrian safety reading materials. The department has also placed a portable variable message sign along the Van Wyck Expressway close to the hospital to remind motorists to slow down and abide by the CityÛªs speed limit.
Jamaica HospitalÛªs Trauma Division actively conducts research on motor vehicle and pedestrian safety that is utilized in industry publications, as a resource for the New York State GovernorÛªs Traffic Safety Committee and in other community outreach efforts. The division was awarded funding by the New York State GovernorÛªs Traffic Safety Committee in 2015 and 2016 for their Safer Street Queens project. The main goal of this project is to reduce the total number of pedestrian and bicyclists struck by motor vehicles.
On April 25th Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and the NYPD local precincts will continue their efforts by collaborating to achieve the mutual goal of making QueensÛª streets safer for all those who share the road. Members from both organizations will host a Distracted Driver Awareness Month event in the main lobby of Jamaica Hospital.
For more information please call Public Affairs at: 718- 206- 6020.
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center serves a population greater than 1.2 million in Queens and Eastern Brooklyn. This 408-bed medical center is an accredited community teaching hospital with a large network of community-based ambulatory care centers. JHMC offers an array of acute inpatient, rehabilitation and mental health services, and is one of the busiest Level 1 trauma centers in New York City. The hospital provides general medical, pediatric and Ob/Gyn services. Jamaica Hospital Medical CenterÛªs mission is to serve patients and the community in a way that is second to none. For additional information, please contact Public Affairs at 718-206-6020.