Daily traffic violence harms more people than vehicle attacks | Transportation – Illinois News

Daily traffic violence harms more people than vehicle attacks | Transportation –  Illinois News

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  • Following a vehicle attack in May, New York City police installed metal fences and concrete barriers along blocks of Times Square.
  • Richard Drew/AP

Over the last year we’ve looked on with horror at a half-dozen cases in Europe and New York City in which assailants have used trucks and cars as deadly weapons to intentionally injure and kill large numbers of innocent people on foot. In the wake of these awful events, it makes sense to reduce the chance of this kind of attack happening in Chicago. In the past, city, county, state, and federal authorities installed vehicle-resistant barriers around buildings and plazas that could be targets, and after a truck assault on a Berlin Christmas market last December, the Chicago police staked out the Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza.

But as decision makers implement such safeguards, it’s also important not to lose sight of the lower-profile but more pressing issue of…

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