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N.Y. Cab Accidents Rise Sharply

February 7, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ At the same time the city’s crime rate is dropping, its taxis seem to be getting more dangerous.

Cab accidents have jumped more than 40 percent this decade and injuries have increased nearly two-thirds, The New York Times and the Daily News reported Saturday.

During the same period, accidents involving other vehicles declined.

Taxi-related injuries increased 64 percent from 1991 to 1996, the Daily News reported, citing state Department of Motor Vehicle statistics. The number of deaths from those accidents has remained around 30 a year.

It is unclear whether the increase in accident and injury reports is due to poor driving by cabbies or to more vigilant passengers.

Complaints to the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission rose about 63 percent from 1996 to 1997. However, the commission does not require cabbies to take a road test and does not keep track of taxi accidents.

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