New York City still uses photo enforcement at stoplights. Is it saving lives?
In the ongoing case of a teacher killed after a New York Police Department (NYPD) officer drove into him, the NYPD is refusing to release records pertaining to the incident. The event happened on July 6, 2013 at the intersection of Broadway and Hooper Street in Brooklyn. The 61-year-old was crossing the street when he was struck by a marked police van and thrown onto the pavement. He later died from severe head injuries, and his family is currently suing the NYPD, New York City, and the officer who was driving.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimated in 2013 that there were approximately 23.6 million drivers age 70 and above in the United States. With age comes health complications, such as dementia, loss of vision, loss of hearing, and longer response time. These declines in health can create a dangerous situation for the older driver, as well as all other drivers on the road.
Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons (RRFB) were first developed in the United States, but now are spreading to places such as Abu Dhabi. RRFB are placed at pedestrian crosswalks and emit bright flashing lights when manually triggered. The RRFB utilize LED lights and solar energy, so the units are economical and environmentally friendly.
There has been much buzz about Mayor De Blasio's Vision Zero plan to improve road safety in the city. The Right of Way law was enacted as part of the Vision Zero initiative and is aimed at serving as a deterrent for those who fail to yield by imposing criminal sanctions on drivers who strike pedestrians or cyclists.
Mayor de Blasio announced his "Great Streets" initiative program at a City Council transportation committee budget hearing on Thursday, March 5. As part of the "Vision Zero" project, the program will spend $250 million on making some of the city's most dangerous streets safer for pedestrian traffic. Improvements will be made to the Grand Concourse, Atlantic Avenue, Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn, and Queens Boulevard. Between 2009 and 2013, there were 34 fatalities and 215 serious injuries as a result of the dangerous conditions found on these four roadways. The De Blasio administration believes that increasing space for pedestrian traffic and cyclists will reduce such tragedies in the future.
A pedestrian was recently seriously injured after being struck by a cyclist near New York City's Washington Square Park. The unexpected collision resulted in the pedestrian being sent to the hospital with a serious head injury. The cyclist also sustained a minor injury.
Two buses collided in Times Square injuring fourteen people on the afternoon of Tuesday August 5, 2014. The resulting collision also sent a light pole crashing to the ground.