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.
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.
The DOT is taking measures to resolve the traffic problems that have plagued Flushing for years, making it a dangerous area to motorists and pedestrians alike. After work commenced about a year ago on a mixed use project known as the Flushing Commons, bus routes were changed and traffic increased giving rise to more congestion issues. Although a pedestrian walkway was implemented, it was not enough to resolve all of the long standing issues affecting traffic in the area. DOT has become more proactive in addressing the complaints regarding the area and has placed NYPD traffic enforcement agents at busy intersections.
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.
The New York Post recently reported a shocking fact: over the past five years in New York City, at least 21 taxi drivers had accidents that injured or killed pedestrians and bikers, but only one was ever charged with a crime. That, along with a long string of fatal accidents in our city, prompted Mayor Bill de Blasio to call for a new initiative called “Vision Zero.” Additional surveillance equipment, more traffic cops and a new, specially trained accident investigation team are planned for a unified effort at reducing traffic fatalities to zero.
Public officials in New York City have noticed that pedestrian safety has become a major issue over the last year. Many drivers are failing to yield at crosswalks, which has put pedestrians at risk of serious or fatal injuries. Mayor De Blasio has suggested increased safety measures and reduced speed limits in areas heavily trafficked by pedestrians.
An analysis of U.S. traffic fatalities reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that was just published by researchers from the University of Nebraska Medical Center revealed an alarming trend. While traffic fatalities overall have generally declined, fatal accidents involving both bicyclists and pedestrians are actually on the increase.
In 2012, New York found itself at the top of an unfortunate list: it was named the No. 1 city in the nation for fatal pedestrian and bike accidents. Fully 27 percent of people killed on New York roads were pedestrians or bikers, and New York State Department of Transportation data shows that nearly eight walkers or bikers are struck by vehicles each and every day in our state.