Articles Posted in Motor Vehicle Accidents

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A man recklessly driving in Brooklyn with a suspended license and an arrest record has lead to the recent death of a 3-month-old baby and this now has people outraged and questioning why Mayor DeBlasio never implemented a reckless driving law to keep these unlawful drivers off the road.

The man suspected of killing a three-month-old baby in a reckless driving incident in Brooklyn earlier this month had a suspended licensed, 91 speeding tickets, and an arrest on his record for driving without a valid license, according to a report by StreetsBlog. The 28-year-old driver, Tyrik Mott, was also “racing the wrong way down Gates Avenue” when the incident happened, and was arrested for “carjacking and robbery” but not the reckless driving incident, which resulted in the infant’s death and other pedestrians’ injuries. As one expert told StreetsBlog, however, he was able to remain on the streets because “there’s no legal mechanism” to keep drivers like him off the road. Continue reading

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The NYPD will be increasing their traffic violation enforcement to avoid injuries or fatalities as children start heading back to school in New York City.

The New York Police Department announced it will increase enforcement of traffic violations this week, as at least a million young New Yorkers return to school. The crackdown will primarily target drivers who “fail to yield to pedestrian and cyclists,” according to a report by the New York Daily News. Continue reading

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Just last week the DOT announced that bike lanes along Wythe Avenue in Brooklyn will be separated from traffic lanes after a cyclist was killed last year.

The New York City Department of Transportation announced last week that it would implement safety measures along a segment of Brooklyn’s Wythe Avenue where a cyclist was struck and killed last year, and where other pedestrians and cyclists have been injured over the years. The DOT said specifically that it would erect physical barriers separating the bike lane from the traffic lane on Wythe Avenue between Williamsburg St. W. and Penn St. Continue reading

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New council members from various districts of Queens discuss their ideas on providing more accessible public transportation for commuters in need.

The incoming New York City Council members for the borough of Queens recently told StreetsBlog about the issues they plan to prioritize when they assume office. Below are summaries of each incoming lawmaker’s response, save for one soon-to-belawmaker who didn’t respond. Their full answers are available via StreetsBlog. Continue reading

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Brooklyn’s new and incoming lawmakers share their top transit priorities that will benefit residents and those traveling in Brooklyn.

New York City’s new class of city council members are preparing to assume office. In advance of the new term, local publication StreetsBlog recently asked the incoming lawmakers about their transportation policy priorities. Not every incoming councilperson responded, but those who did offered a glimpse of the future of New York City’s streets. Below are summaries of Brooklyn’s incoming council members’ responses; more information is available via StreetsBlog. Continue reading

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Incoming New York City council members discuss their plans to make travel more accessible for Bronx residents and commuters.

As a new class of New York City Council members prepares to assume office, local publication StreetsBlog has inquired each incoming lawmaker about the transit policies they intend to prioritize. Not every one responded, but those that did gave a sense of what issues will guide the New York City Council moving forward. Below are summaries of the responses StreetsBlog received, by borough. Continue reading

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New York City’s Department of Transportation has disappointed many as they slowly develop bike lanes on busy city streets that could ultimately lead to increased safety for cyclists.

A new column in StreetsBlog criticizes the slow, inconsistent pace of bicycle lane development in Manhattan’s east side. As safe streets activist Liam Jeffries writes, New York City’s Department of Transportation has begun turning temporary bike lanes established last year on 61st Street and 62nd Street into permanent fixtures. The temporary lanes were installed as an “emergency measure” after the number of cyclists on the city streets increased during the Covid-19 pandemic. The process of establishing permanent lanes began a few months ago, when the DOT removed temporary lane lines before painting permanent ones. According to Jeffries, reckless driving around the Queensboro Bridge exit on 61st Street and Third Avenue increased at the same time the lane markings were removed, then decreased as the permanent lanes were installed. Continue reading

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New governor, Kathy Hochul, could be just what New York City needs to improve their transportation safety.

What will the ascendance of new New York Governor Kathy Hochul mean for transportation safety in the state? According to a recent report by AMNY, transit safety groups are hopeful the answer will be good news for New Yorkers. Continue reading

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Ride-sharing companies work toward increasing reliability for people with disabilities who are in need of accessible rides.

After a 2017 New York City class-action lawsuit alleging that the ride-sharing company Uber was discriminating against people with disabilities, the ride sharing companies Uber, Lyft, and Via arrived at an agreement with the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission in which they agreed to a “wait time requirement” to increase accessibility, as described by an article in City and State. Under this requirement, the companies must fulfill “80% of accessible ride requests within 15 minutes, and 90% of accessible ride requests within 30 minutes.” They can also have these requests filled by third-party vehicle-for-hire companies, provided those companies also meet the wait time requirement. Continue reading

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Concerns emerge for the safety of motorists and pedestrians in New York City as scooter companies begin to launch their new electric scooter sharing program.

The launch of a new electric scooter sharing program in New York City has raised concerns about safety issues for motorists and pedestrians. According to a report by The Verge, scooter companies Bird, Lime, and VeroRide have installed one thousand scooters per company in the East Bronx as part of a pilot program to see how micromobility fares in New York City. As the report notes, however, the city itself may not be prepared. Continue reading

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