Lisi Powers
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In 2012, there were 10,322 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in the United States. That’s one death every 51 minutes. Of the 10,322 lives lost to drunk driving in 2012, 344 of them were killed in New York. 1,174 of the people who died in drunk driving accidents in 2012 were under the age of 21. 32 of them were killed in New York.

From 2010 to 2012, Long Island had 4,448 drunk driving car crashes. Of those crashes, 243 were fatal, cutting 258 lives devastatingly short. 3,520 people sustained injuries as a result of drunk driving car crashes.

Anytime that people are known to drink more heavily, the number of drunk driving accidents skyrockets. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes is about four times higher at night than during the day.” More than 30% of drivers who were involved in fatal crashes on weekends were alcohol-impaired, and in 2009, 43% of motorcyclists who died on the road had a BAC of at least .08. In 2012, nearly 2 out of 3 fatal crashes between midnight and 3am involved drunk drivers.

Holidays have even higher rates of drunk driving fatalities. On Labor Day Weekend in 2012, a drunk driver was involved in nearly 4 out of 10 fatal crashes. That’s an increase of almost 10% from the average number of drunk drivers involved in fatal accidents on non-holiday weekends. Each year, the National Safety Council (NSC) estimates the number of traffic fatalities that occur on Labor Day Weekend. From 2004-2009, the average estimated Labor Day Weekend traffic fatalities was 471 people, and the actual number was 466, which indicates that their estimates are pretty accurate.

In 2011, there were 32,367 fatalities in car accidents nationwide, which breaks down to about 89 every day. There were 5,338,000 police-reported crashes, in which 2,217,000 people were injured—that’s about 6,073 people daily. The NSC estimated that on Labor Day weekend in 2011 there would be 400 traffic fatalities, and 38,800 people would be injured seriously enough that they’d need medical attention.

The Labor Day Weekend period is measured at 3.25 days in length—using the averages for the rest of the year, in 3.25 days, there would be approximately 289 fatalities and 19,737 injuries. By comparison, the estimated traffic fatalities on LDW 2011 was more than 25% higher than the national average, and the number of injuries was almost double the national average.

Between 2011 and 2012, alcohol-impaired driving fatalities increased by 4.6% in New York. However, alcohol-impaired driving fatalities among drivers under 21 declined by 13.5%. On Labor Day Weekend in 2012, 45% of traffic fatalities involved a driver who’d been drinking—7% had a BAC of .01-.07, and 38% had a BAC of .08+.

The national average of drunk driving fatalities per 100,000 people is 3.3 deaths. In 2012, New York had 1.8 drunk driving fatalities per 100,000 people—well below the national average. The national average of under 21 drunk driving fatalities per 100,000 people was 1.3 deaths. New York had 0.6 deaths per 100,000 people in under 21 drunk driving fatalities.

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August 22, 2014
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August 19, 2014
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For parents of school-age children, now’s the time for packing school supplies up into brand new backpacks, and lining them up at the door in anticipation of the first day of school. You’ve finally made it to the end of summer, and as much fun as you’ve had, you’re ready for the troops to ship out to school Monday through Friday. However, for the parents whose children aren’t quite old enough for school just yet, it may seem a little daunting that all the summertime activities have shut down for the season, and you may be left wondering what you and your little ones will have to do in the coming months. Have no fear! We’ve put together a list of local things to do with kids that are guaranteed to provide an afternoon full of fun!

Local Things to Do with Kids: Long Island Children’s Museum

There are always fun things going on at the LICM! Here are some of their upcoming events for children under 5:

Messy Afternoons

Saturdays (8/23 & 8/30) and Sundays (8/24 & 8/31)

3:30-5pm

Let your little ones get up to their elbows in goop, guts, shaving cream, and play-doh—all the things you know they’ll love, but you’d hate to have to clean up. This afternoon of sensory exploration is perfect for children ages 18 months to 4 years old. The exhibit is free with museum admission.

Wonderland Dreams

Monday (8/25) to Friday (8/29)

1-4pm

Children 3 and up get to design the pillowcases of their dreams using fabric paint, stencils, markers, and stamps, while they listen to lullabies from around the world. $4 with museum admission, $3 for members.

Plaza Theatrical presents “The Little Mermaid Jr.”

Saturday (8/23) and Sunday (8/24)

11:30-12:15pm & 2-2:45pm

Follow Ariel through her underwater fairytale, a junior-style adaptation of Disney’s 2008 Broadway production.

The Garden Gate

Tuesday (8/26)

10:30-12:30pm

Let your youngsters be inspired by the nature around them as they explore LICM’s backyard garden and paint and draw their own works of art. Perfect activity for children ages 3 and up. Free with museum admission.

Puppetkabob presents “What the Moon Saw”

Thursday (8/28) and Friday (8/29)

11:30-12:15pm & 2-2:45pm

An original piece by talented artist and puppeteer Sarah Frechette, which takes places in a mystical land inspired by the tales of Hans Christian Anderson. Meet a duckling, frog, mouse, and mole, and watch their journey through the forest unfurl. This show is best enjoyed by children ages 3 and over. $5 with museum admission, $4 for members, or $10 for tickets to the theater only.

If you need a ride to the LICM to take part in any of these great things to do with kids, your friends at All Island Transportation are ready and waiting to get you there quickly and safely! Give us a call at (516)742-2222 for a ride today!

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August 12, 2014
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There’s still plenty of fun to be had in the last few weeks of summer, and the Nassau County Parks are making sure you have ample opportunities to get out and enjoy the weather while it’s still warm! Between Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, Hempstead Lake State Park in West Hempstead, and Michael J. Tully Park in New Hyde Park, there’s at least one event going on nearly every day this month! Check out the list below for something fun to do this month:

Things to Do in Nassau County Parks

Hempstead Lake State Park

Long Island State Parks Children’s Summer Performances

This is a series of opportunities for families to enjoy free, fun, and interactive entertainment at local parks throughout Long Island. When you bring your family out to the park, don’t forget to bring your own chairs or blankets so that you have a comfy seat for the show!

August 17, 2PM – Juggling Show by Ray Grins

August 24, 2PM – Magic of Amore

Michael J. Tully Park

The Italian Festival

Wed-Fri 6-11PM, Sat 3-11PM, Sun 3-10PM

A community event that honors Italian heritage. There will be an international food court, Las Vegas games of chance, thrilling rides and games, as well as a live DJ on weekend afternoons, live performances on evenings, and a fireworks show on Saturday night! From 3-5PM on Sunday they’ll be offering free admission and ½ price pasta dishes to show their appreciation for the community. Admission to the festival is $1, and children under 8 are free!

Eisenhower Park

Heritage Nights

Following the theme of cultural events, catch the tail-end of the series of heritage nights that have been going on at Eisenhower Park! Admission is free for all events.

August 17, 7:30PM – Korean-American Night

August 24, 7:30PM – Bangladeshi-American Night

August 25, 7:30PM – Ukrainian-American Night

 

Street Fair in the Park

August 30-31 – Use the entrance by Merrick Ave. and Stewart Ave., and park in Field 8 for free for the street fair! Admission is free, and there will be a whole assortment of unique items for sale. A great family-friendly shopping opportunity!

 

Lakeside Concert Series

Last month we brought you The Only List You Need for ALL Free Outdoor Concerts in Nassau County, but let’s round out the rest of the Lakeside Concerts series here for the month of August. All Concerts are FREE, begin at 7PM, and parking is available in Fields 6 and 6A.

August 13 – 42nd Infantry Band

August 15 – Disco Night

August 16 – Tribute to the Boss and Paul McCartney with Tramps Like Us and Mystic

August 18 – Oldies Night with Shirley Alston

August 22 – Disco Unlimited/Somethin’ Fresh

August 23 – CBS FM’s Saturday in the Park with KC and the Sunshine Band

August 27 – Nassau Has Talent

August 29 – A Tribute to The Eagles featuring Desert Highway with special guest Full House

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The summer’s not quite over yet, and there’s plenty to see and do with the family before the kids start heading back to school in September. We all know that Long Island is the best place to enjoy the beach, outdoor activities, and great seafood in the summer, but that’s only the beginning of the fun we’ve got in our neighborhoods.

While we may not have an abundance of drive-in movies like they did way back when (and they’re still scattered about the country if you can find them), what we do have are a bunch of great outdoor movies on Long Island happening in parks throughout Nassau County! We’ve got a list for you of all the outdoor movie nights through the month of August for you and your family to enjoy. Pack up your lawn chairs and snacks, and head out to these nearby parks for a night that’s sure to be full of fun!

Outdoor Movies on Long Island

Tuesday Night Movies at Cedar Creek Park

The movies begin at dusk (around 7:30pm), and Cedar Creek Park is located on Merrick Road in Seaford. You can contact the park for more info at 516-571-7470.

Tuesday, 8/12 – The Sandlot

Tuesday, 8/19 – Little Giants

Tuesday, 8/24 – The Goonies

Thursday Night Movies at Eisenhower Park Lakeside Theatre

The movies begin at dusk (around 7:30pm), and Eisenhower Park is located between Stewart Avenue and Merrick Avenue in East Meadow. The Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre overlooks Salisbury Lake, and is most easily accessed from Parking Field 6. You can contact the park for more info at 516-571-4225.

Thursday, 8/7 – Epic

Thursday, 8/14 – The Wizard of Oz

Thursday, 8/21 – Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Thursday, 8/28 – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Friday Night Movies at Nickerson Beach Park

The movies begin at dusk (around 7:30pm). Nickerson Beach Park is located on Lido Boulevard at Dona Lane in Lido Beach. You can contact the park for more info at 516-571-7705.

Friday, 8/15 – Night at the Museum

Friday, 8/22 – ET

Have you heard about any Outdoor Movies on Long Island that we haven’t listed? If we happened to miss any, let us know on Facebook! If you need a ride to any of these great movies nights, give All Island Transportation a call at (516) 742-2222—we’re here for you!

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August 1, 2014
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