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MTA warns NYers to play it safe with cell phones, buses

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority released a trio of TV and web public service announcements on Wednesday to warn passengers, pedestrians and cyclists about the perils cell phone usage and city buses.

Although the transit agency reports a 14 percent drop in bus collisions with pedestrians and a 6 percent drop with cyclists, officials will air the ads locally to further any prevent accidents.

The dramatized skits include a cyclist taking a selfie and texting before carelessly hitting the rear end of a parked bus, and a young woman distracted while texting a sweetheart before she's hit by a bus at an intersection.

Despite the satirical nature of the ads, MTA officials maintain the effort is in keeping with the city's Vision Zero goal to reduce traffic related fatalities.

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"It only takes a few seconds of distraction for a situation to turn tragic," NYC Transit President Carmen Bianco said.







 
 
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