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Mayor de Blasio Announces Vision Zero, Gets Serious on Traffic Safety

Vision Zero plan has goal of reducing traffic deaths to zero.

This article was written by Rich Arleo.

Surrounded by parents clutching pictures of their children whose lives were lost in traffic accidents, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday announced immediate action and the implementation of Vision Zero to increase traffic safety in New York City.

The mayor ran off startling statistics outlining the seriousness of traffic accidents in the city, including the facts that being struck by a vehicle is the leading cause of death for kids under 14 in this city and the second leading cause of death for seniors.

In the past decade almost 2,000 people have died and 30,000 were hospitalized as a result of these crashes, according to de Blasio.

“Last year we had 333 homicides in NYC, a record low, yet we had 286 traffic fatalities. That data is not even 100 percent complete as the year just ended,” he said. “It is shocking to see how those two numbers correspond and it is clear how much more focus we have to put on traffic safety.”

De Blasio announced that the city will be implementing Vision Zero, which is a plan with the goal to reduce deaths on NYC roadways to zero. The NYPD, NYCDOT, Health Department and Taxi and Limousine Commission will work in conjunction to implement the plan. 

Leaders from these four groups will bring reports to de Blasio by Feb. 15. The reports will be a matter of public record.

“This is an idea that spread because it worked,” de Blasio said. “The core concept is that it treats every death as preventable. There are ways to change people’s habits and ways for government to act to protect people that we haven’t done enough of. I want the families here today to know that we are not going to let them down. They are right to hold us accountable and right to demand more.”

Denise Weber January 16, 2014 at 09:17 AM
Can I ask why if the speed limit is 55 or 65 than why do we make cars that go from 140 to 250 miles an hour. We are always defeating the purpose. Maybe if there was a country that didn't live with this fast pace attitude with a lot of mistakes and calmed down we wouldn't have these accidents. Just like we have a problem with HIV but our Movie Industry throws sex and drugs galore in every movie out there. WE NEED TO LOOK AT WHERE WE ARE DEFEATING THE PURPOSE.
Phil Konigsberg January 16, 2014 at 03:34 PM
I've been advocating for years that there needed to be better enforcement of the posted speed limits by the NYPD, in particular, the Highway Division, with the authorized responsibility to do so. Not only do we witness on a daily basis the overwhelming majority of motor vehicle operators disregard the posted speed limit when they have the opportunity to do so on both our local streets and limited access highways but the careless disregard for public safety by the chronic running of red lights and other traffic regulations. The uniform enforcement of existing traffic regulations will save lives, and reduce injuries and property damage. Appropriate studies should be conducted to see if the existing speed limits on our limited access highways and waterway crossings are appropriate or in need of revision. The most outrageous disregard of a posted speed limit I've witnessed has been on the Grand Central Parkway from the BQE to the Northern Blvd interchange where the posted "Work Zone" speed limit of 35 mph has been completely ignored by the driving public and the NYPD Highway Division in enforcement. When we are continuously searching to balance NYC's bottom line to keep existing essential services and prevent the cutback of others, why don't we implement these actions? Doing so will not only provide a needed source of revenue but also become a significant factor in achieving the Vision Zero objective.
Harriet Brown January 18, 2014 at 03:25 PM
I think we need more police on the streets; especially dangerous crossings.


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