Traffic Deaths in NYC Continue to Fall

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According to a recent study, traffic deaths hit a record low in New York City this past year, falling from 257 in 2014 to 230 in 2015. This decrease is thanks in part to changes implemented under Vision Zero, such as lowering

Speed Limit 25 - Vision Zero

As part of Mayor deBlasio’s ‘Vision Zero’ initiative, New York City default speed limits are being lowered to 25mph from 30. (Photo Source: NYDOT)

the default speed limit to 25 miles per hour, increasing police enforcement for traffic violations, and making safety improvements to streets.

One of the most notable changes under Vision Zero was the redesign of Queens Boulevard, often referred to as the Boulevard of Death because so many pedestrians and bicyclists have been killed there. A protected bike lane has been added along part of the roadway and more improvements are expected in the coming year.

In addition to the decline in pedestrian deaths, there were also fewer bicyclist deaths, down to 14 in 2015 as compared to 20 in 2014.  The greatest fatality decrease, however, was seen among motorcyclists. In 2014, 37 motorcyclists died from auto accidents, compared wi

th 22 last year.

Despite the improved numbers, there is still a long way to go. City officials argue that more aggressive steps need to be taken to reach Mayor Bill de Blasio’s goal of completely eliminating traffic deaths in the city by 2024. Traffic-safety advocates have commended De Blasio for the Vision Zero initiative and for making traffic safety a priority while criticizing the slow rate at which the changes are happening.

The increased focus on safety means many more drivers are receiving citations for traffic violations. If you have received a ticket in New York, call the Rosenblum Law for help getting the charge removed or reduced. Call us today at 888-883-5529 for a free consultation.

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This post was written by Adam H. Rosenblum Esq.

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