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New York Governor, Kathy Hochul, stated that she plans to use her power to provide New Yorkers with safer streets by adding in speed cameras to busy school zones without waiting for further state legislature approval.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul recently expressed support for measures that would allow New York City to add speed cameras without permission from the state legislature—a move that transit activists and city policymakers have long been advocating for. According to a recent report by StreetsBlog, the governor’s comments came during an event with local publication City & State, and distinguished her from former Governor Andrew Cuomo.  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 investigation into New York City’s 311 program found that since 2010 there have been over 20 million complaints made regarding traffic violations and it seems as if the NYPD have been closing these cases too soon without looking further into them.

A sweeping new investigation by StreetsBlog uncovered apparently widespread misconduct connected to New York City’s 311 program, with dangerous and potentially fatal traffic violations left unaddressed by authorities. 

Drawing on analysis of 26 million complaints filed through the 311 program since 2010, as well as interviews with a range of stakeholders and experts, StreetsBlog found that the New York Police Department “thousands of service requests about driver misconduct each year in under five minutes,” as opposed to five such closures in 2010; that experts believe this indicates police officers aren’t investigating complaints they quickly close; that the police department “routinely” justifies its closure of such complaints by saying they fall beyond its jurisdiction, which lawyers and former officials describe as a “false” justification; that some residents who regularly file complaints have received “harassing messages”; and that the NYPD “rarely” issues tickets connected to 311 complaints.  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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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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A recent report found that construction workers are exposed to high temperatures and heat on the job that has caused illnesses and even deaths that are under-reported.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will develop “a federal standard” to prevent health issues stemming from extreme heat on construction sites, according to a report by Construction Dive. In a press release, the agency announced it would initiate a rulemaking process that will include a comment period from various stakeholders as it works to establish new standards. 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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