The driver who allegedly struck and killed a Brooklyn schoolteacher while speeding in May 2021 had two driving-related incidents in his past. As Streetsblog reported last week, the New York Police Department has said it arrested and charged the suspect, Tariq Witherspoon, a 30-year-old EMT “who hit and seriously injured a cyclist in 2017,” two years after he allegedly “allowed an unlicensed driver” to operate his vehicle, who allegedly “drove carelessly” and speeded. Continue reading
The New York City Department of Transportation has pledged to make improvements to a Queens intersection that has seen numerous violent and even deadly car crashes in recent weeks. As the Queens Daily Eagle reported, the intersection of Cooper Avenue and Cypress Avenue in Glendale, Queens was the site of a February incident in which a man, 57, was hit by the drivers of two vehicles and reportedly died of his injuries. In a separate incident, two teenagers riding a moped hit a car, after which they were rushed to the hospital. City data shows a total of 153 accidents at the intersection between January 2014 and December 2021. In a February press conference about planned safety redesigns, DOT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez said, “Help is on the way.” Continue reading
The SUV driver who stuck and killed 99-year-old Holocaust survivor Jack Mikulincer in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn earlier this month was the recipient of “10 school-zone speeding tickets and four red-light tickets since 2016,” including six such speeding tickets in 2021, according to a report by Streetsblog. The incident raises questions of what state and city authorities are doing to protect pedestrians and vulnerable road users from repeat offenders. Continue reading
As reckless driving rises across the nation, New York City has been no exception to the deadly trend. Below is a roundup of recent traffic violence injuries and fatalities in the city. Continue reading
Last year was reportedly the deadliest year for traffic violence in New York City since the launch of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signature Vision Zero campaign to eliminate car crash-related fatalities in 2014. A review of recent coverage of car crashes in the city shows that they still remain hazardous for drivers, pedestrians, and other vulnerable road users. Continue reading
A new analysis by Streetsblog identified five “dangerous neighborhoods” for pedestrians and other vulnerable road users for New York’s new mayoral administration to focus on. Noting that there were more traffic fatalities in New York in 2021 than in any other year during the Bill de Blasio administration, the report stressed the need for Mayor Eric Adams to recommit to the city’s Vision Zero campaign to eliminate traffic violence deaths. The neighborhoods of concern on Streetsblog’s list are as follows. Continue reading
Despite his “Vision Zero” campaign to eliminate car crash deaths in New York City, former mayor Bill de Blasio departed office last week with “more traffic fatalities than any other year” in his eight-year administration, according to a report by the New York Post. A total of 266 people lost their lives in traffic violence incidents by December 26, 2021, a record high for de Blasio’s two-terms in office. The previous record was 293 people in 2013; he became mayor in 2014. Continue reading
Recent reports by the New York Post highlight a raft of deadly car crashes in New York City in the last few weeks, emphasizing the need for safer streets and more vigorous traffic enforcement.
Recent research suggests that safety regulators may have drastically underestimated the severity of the ammonia emissions produced by cars and other vehicles. According to a report by Streetsblog, it turns out that vehicles may release five times more ammonia than previously believed, a level of pollution primarily affecting cities like New York.
As the report describes, ammonia gas, or NH3, “is a relatively understudied vehicle emission” that nonetheless poses real environmental and health risks. The gas “combines with nitrogen oxides in the air to form the fine particulate matter that has a major impact on human health,” with research suggesting links to “15,000 premature deaths across the United States each year.” Continue reading
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