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Safe transit advocacy group argues that laws preventing New York City from operating speed cameras on nights and weekends is a major contributor to the city traffic violence.

A recent publication by safe transit advocacy group Transportation Alternatives argues that a New York state law preventing New York City from operating speed enforcement cameras on nights and weekends is a contributor to the epidemic of traffic violence afflicting the city. According to the organization’s data, “59 percent of traffic fatalities occur at times when the cameras are not permitted to operate.” Under the state law, the city cannot operate those cameras for the majority of the week. Continue reading

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Data shown by the Staten Island Advance shares  that despite the 59 traffic fatalities in NYC, Staten Island did not have any traffic deaths to report in the first quarter of the year.

Even though data shows there were 59 traffic fatalities in New York City in the first quarter of the year, the borough of Staten Island “did not record a single traffic death in January, February, or March,” according to a report by the Staten Island Advance. The report describes a New York Police Department pamphlet offering numerous tips for drivers to avoid deadly traffic accidents. Continue reading

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The New York City traffic violence has continued this past week with at least eight deaths from traffic accidents in the last four days, including pedestrians and cyclists.

The epidemic of traffic violence in New York City continued last week, with at least eight deaths from traffic accidents in four days, according to a report by Spectrum News NY. Advocacy group Transportation Alternatives, which tracks traffic violence in the city, said data shows a “13% increase year over year in traffic fatalities,” with city and state interventions struggling to keep up. Continue reading

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According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, laws that allow cyclists to yield at a stop sign and proceed when it is safe to go has lead to a decrease in crashes and injuries.

A new resource published by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, a division of the Department of Transportation, highlights the benefits of bicycle “stop-as-yield” laws, which allow cyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs: first stopping, then proceeding through the intersection when safe. According to the NHTSA, these laws are correlated with decreased crashes and injuries involving cyclists in the handful of states where they have been passed. Continue reading

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A recent article argues that the US Department of Transportation should take the steps necessary to keep pedestrians safe by ensuring that larger vehicles are equipped with safety features, such as blind spot detection, lane keeping support, and pedestrian automatic emergency braking.

A recent column in America Walks argues that the US Department of Transportation should take regulatory steps to ensure that large vehicles associated with higher pedestrian deaths implement technology designed to keep pedestrians safe. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a division of the NHTSA, has initiated a rule-making process that would rate passenger vehicles for pedestrian safety, and is currently soliciting comments on what its new rules might entail. Continue reading

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A recent report has found that reckless drivers have evaded red light cameras and speeding cameras by covering their license plates with plastic covers or by spraying them with certain chemicals.

A recent report by The City found that reckless drivers in New York City may have avoided traffic enforcement as many as 1.5 million times by making it difficult for red light and speeding cameras to accurately read their license plates. According to the report, based on an analysis of Department of Transportation records, “delinquent drivers” have evaded detection by enforcement cameras by bending their license plates, “putting plastic covers over them,” and even by spraying them with chemicals that “make it impossible for the cameras to accurately read them.”  Continue reading

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The New York City police department’s efforts to crack down on drivers who fail to follow the rules of the road have reportedly fallen below expectations, which could have something to do with the rise in traffic accidents.

The New York City police department’s ostensible effort to crack down on drivers who fail to yield at non-signalized intersections, announced by Mayor Eric Adams in January, has reportedly fallen far below expectations. According to a recent analysis by Streetsblog, the NYPD issued “1.77 failure-to-yield tickets per precinct per day” in March 2022, after issuing 1.81 per day in February. “That’s 2 percent fewer tickets despite a publicized announcement that the NYPD would in fact do more,” the report notes. Continue reading

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A recent study has found that some measures that are intended to reduce traffic accidents and create safer roadways are actually having the opposite effect and causing more accidents.

A new study suggests that some measures intended to reduce traffic accidents may have the counterintuitive effect of increasing them. According to a recent report by the Los Angeles Times, researchers at the University of Minnesota and the University of Toronto looked at the impact of highway safety signage in Texas—specifically, signs displayed every January notifying drivers of the “annual highway death tolls” in the state. What they found is that drivers who passed these digital signs “actually 4.5% more likely to get into an accident over the next 10 kilometers… than drivers unburdened by the information.” In fact, it turned out that the signs may have “directly contributed” to as many as 2,600 more crashes per year, as well as 16 more fatalities and $377 million in costs.  Continue reading

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Recent data reveals that the first three months of 2022 were the deadliest since 2014 after 59 people lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents.

The first three months of 2022 were the deadliest on New York City’s street since former mayor Bill de Blasio launched the Vision Zero plan to eliminate traffic violence in 2014, according to data analyzed by Transportation Alternatives. During those months, 59 people lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents, a figure that represents a 44% increase over the same period in 2021. If trends keep up, Transportation Alternatives predicts, 2022 will be an even deadlier year than 2021, which already broke records for deadly car crashes in the city. If 2022 surpasses 2021, it “will be the first year since 1990 that New York City has seen four consecutive years of increasing fatalities.”  Continue reading

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New York City Mayor Eric Adams shared that the city government will be allotting nearly $1 billion to transit safety programs in an effort to create safer streets for all New Yorkers.

Last week New York City Mayor Eric Adams unveiled a massive investment in transit safety. According to a press release issued by his administration, the city government will devote nearly $1 billion toward addressing traffic violence and creating “a safer, healthier, and greener city for all New Yorkers.” Continue reading

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