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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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The Department of Transportation in New York City has presented new rules that will control the use of shared moped services in order to increase safety measures and to prevent any deaths and/or injuries.

The New York City Department of Transportation has proposed new rules that would regulate the use of moped share services, like Revel and Lime, within the city. According to a report by StreetsBlog, the rules would prohibit moped share usage on the Brooklyn Bridge, the Manhattan Bridge, the Queensboro Bridge, and the Williamsburg Bridge, as well as on “limited access highways” and bike lanes. Moped share companies would have to start maintaining records of incidents in which their vehicles are involved in crashes; they would also have to obtain permits to operate within the city, and face harsh fines if they operate without a permit or break other rules. Continue reading

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New York City’s Department of Transportation is focused on efforts that will push authorities to strictly enforce bike lane rules and regulations that would prevent cars from illegally parking and/or blocking these lanes.

The New York City Department of Transportation has released a “Request for Expressions of Interest” for vendors interested in developing an automated enforcement program for the city’s bike lanes, according to a report by StreetsBlog, whose report suggests the request shows the city’s interest in a “crack down on scofflaw drivers who illegally park and stop in the bike lane.” Continue reading

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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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As companies begin introducing automated, driverless vehicles which they believe to be safer, residents worry about their safety on New York City streets and fear that these vehicles will not function properly.

Self-driving car manufacturers strenuously protested New York City’s proposed rules for automated vehicles in a recent city hearing, according to a report by StreetsBlog. The biggest point of contention: a proposed mandate that automated vehicles drive “more safely than a human driver.” According to the report, representatives for the vehicles’ manufacturers said the rule would make New York City inhospitable for them. As one advocate said, “New York City has always been a place of creativity and innovation, but these rules would make New York one of the least hospitable cities in the U.S. for AV development.” 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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