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Religious leaders call for end to careless driving, senseless traffic deaths

November 14, 2018 - 11:43 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- There were 197 people killed in traffic accidents last year, in New York City.

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On Wednesday, there was a call for an end to the senseless deaths.

As part of Sermons For Safe Streets, clergy around the city are being asked to take part in prayer and mourning for those who have been lost in traffic accidents. It's a reminder for drivers to slow down and not drive aggressively.

"This is horrible, we as clergy officiate life-cycle celebrations, we welcome people into the world, we name children and we say 'may you have a life that's blessed with many good deeds,' and here you have families whose family members were cut short because of careless driving, because of those people who didn't consider that other lives might be at stake," Rabbi Joe Potasnik said.

Sermons for Safe Streets gives New Yorkers a chance to join the UN, World Health Organization, and cities around the world in commemorating a day of rememberance for those who have been killed in traffic accidents. They say progress is being made, but still there is a life lost to traffic every 38 hours.