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NYC safety advocates want presidential candidates to treat traffic violence as seriously as gun violence


Added 11-17-19 06:13:02pm EST - “Advocacy groups Transportation Alternatives and Families for Safe Streets stacked up 100 prop body bags outside Manhattan's Bowling Green on Sunday in an attempt to send a message to 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “NYC safety advocates want presidential candidates to treat traffic violence as seriously as gun violence”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Car crashes killed around 37,000 people in the U.S. last year — nearly the same as the 39,500 killed by firearms — leading street safety advocates to gripe that the “traffic violence epidemic” does not get enough political attention.

Advocacy groups Transportation Alternatives and Families for Safe Streets stacked up 100 prop body bags outside Manhattan’s Bowling Green on Sunday in an attempt to send a message to 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.

The bags represented the approximate number of people who die on America’s roadways each day, a statistic the advocates believe is being ignored in the race for the party’s nomination.

“They’re talking about so many issues facing our nation — gun violence, the opioid epidemic, climate change — but twice as many people die in traffic crashes in America as are murdered by guns,” said Amy Cohen, whose 12-year-old son was killed by a driver in near Prospect Park in 2013.

“No one is saying anything," Cohen said. "We need our presidential candidates to end the silence on traffic violence.”

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