Articles Posted in Pedestrian Accidents

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A recent investigation reveals that the New York Police Department did not issue as many tickets as they say they have in response to complaints that were made.

A new investigation by Streetsblog asks whether the New York Police Department responded to as many 311 complaints regarding blocked bike lanes as it claimed to. According to the report, the NYPD said it issued “more than 100 tickets last year” over such complaints, but an analysis of city-provided data “contain no record of nearly one-fifth of those summonses.” Continue reading

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New York City has recently announced the return of a campaign that will call for increased traffic enforcement and speed cameras in order to provide safer streets for drivers and pedestrians who are out in the fall and winter months as it gets dark out at a much earlier time.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office has announced the return of multi-agency traffic enforcement to protect vulnerable and road users after sunset in the fall and winter. Referred to as the city’s “Dusk and Darkness campaign,” the effort involves increased traffic enforcement in the evening and nighttime, specifically with regard to speeding and failure to yield. It also involved “street teams” from the Department of Transportation and the New York Police Department venturing to “high-visibility locations” across the city to encourage commuters to stay safe.  Continue reading

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Recent reports share that two more pedestrians were struck and killed in two separate incidents last week, one in Brooklyn and one in downtown Manhattan with an impaired driver being charged with vehicular manslaughter.

The death toll of New York City’s streets increased by at least two last week, according to reports by the New York Daily News and Streetsblog. The victims were a 33-year-old man who died after being struck by a reportedly “drugged-up” driver in Brooklyn, and a 78-year-old woman “run over and killed by the driver of a massive pickup truck” in downtown Manhattan. Continue reading

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Based on data that was recently shared, New York State, along with a few other states, has seen an increase in fatal car accidents with a total of almost 400 fatal accidents in just the first half of the year.

The first half of 2021 saw an increase in car crash-related deaths in New York, according to a recent report by News 10. Citing an analysis of traffic fatality data by QuoteWizard, the report observes that “fatal crashes are up 13% in the first half of 2021,” with 251 fatal crashes during the first six months of 2020 compared to 398 fatal crashes in the first six months of 2021.  Continue reading

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The Commissioner of the Department of Transportation has become increasingly concerned about the status of New York City streets after a recent reckless driving incident  lead to the death of a 3-month-old infant.

A letter obtained by New York City local news publication StreetsBlog reveals that the city’s Department of Transportation Commissioner is pursuing a meeting with the head of the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles to discuss solutions to the city’s fatal reckless driving problem. The letter, from DOT Commissioner Hank Gutman to DMV Commissioner Mark Schroeder, was sent on October 21st and seeks to “devise new, innovative strategies to address the problem of reckless drivers.” Continue reading

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A recent report on the dangers of SUVs has been brought to light after two toddlers were struck and killed by New York City drivers in large SUVs; at this time both drivers have been found not guilty.

The last week in New York City put a tragic spotlight on the danger of large SUVs that impede driver visibility. As StreetsBlog and the New York Daily News reported, two 2-year-old New Yorkers were hit and killed by SUV drivers. Neither driver was charged.  Continue reading

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New York City has had one of the deadliest years for accidents and now three more deadly incidents have been reported, including one e-bike rider in Queens who was struck and killed by a driver that lost control of their car.

News reports have documented the three recent New York City car crashes that left vulnerable road users injured or dead, with some commentators directing harsh criticism toward city officials in a year of road violence unprecedented in the de Blasio Administration. Continue reading

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New York City’s safe-driving course mandated for reckless drivers has proven to serve no purpose after a reckless driver completed the course and continued to rack up speeding tickets, ultimately killing a 3-month old pedestrian.

New York City’s “court-ordered safe-driving course” for reckless drivers has drawn criticism after reports that the motorist who struck and killed a 3-month-old in Brooklyn had previously completed the program. According to StreetsBlog, the driver, Tyrik Mott, “did not alter his violent driving behavior in any way” after completing the program on May 4th, 2021, after which he earned “26 more school-zone speed camera and red light tickets,” including a speeding ticket recorded “the very day his course participation was logged.” Continue reading

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New data shows that summer 2021 was one of the deadliest seasons for New York City traffic related incidents, with over 20 pedestrian deaths and 77 deaths resulting from car accidents.

An analysis by transit safety group Transportation Alternatives found that the summer of 2021 was the “deadliest summer” of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration, which launched its “Vision Zero” program to eliminate traffic violence deaths in the city seven years ago. According to Transportation Alternatives, 77 people died in car crashes over between June and August, with 23 dying in Brooklyn alone. Continue reading

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New York City streets have become one of the most deadly places for pedestrians as two more were killed last week, bringing the death toll up to almost 200 this year as reckless drivers take over busy city streets.

Two pedestrians were killed in car crashes in New York City on Tuesday, September 28th, incidents described by StreetsBlog as “the latest carnage in what has become the most-deadly year of Mayor de Blasio’s two terms in office.” One incident involved a driver “making a left turn from Avenue U onto notorious Ocean Parkway” in Brooklyn, hitting two pedestrians as they crossed the road. One of whom was killed by the SUV driver, who StreetsBlog reported had not been charged. The other pedestrian was taken to a local hospital.

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