A recent traffic accident involving a pedestrian at the corner of Astoria Boulevard and 80th Street highlights the importance of new traffic law designed to protect pedestrians and bicyclists. The new law is a part of the mayor's Vision Zeroprogram-a program that is attempting to bring traffic fatalities in New York City down to zero.
While New York streets pose a danger to pedestrians, new research reveals that the danger many not be the same for everyone. A study, conducted by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, analyzed crash data from downstate New York along with New Jersey and Connecticut. It was discovered that older pedestrians are at a much greater risk than younger bystanders for fatal injuries stemming from pedestrian traffic accidents. The study came to this conclusion after analyzing crash data from the past 10 years and looking for geographic and demographic based trends.
As of this writing, new legislation that has passed through the state Senate is currently waiting on the dockets for the Assembly to decide. The legislation would change the way that hit-and-run accidents are treated, and provide a different level of standard for the driver, making it harder for drunk drivers to walk away from a hit-and-run without serious consequences.
When most people think about New York City, the iconic bright yellow taxicab is one of the first things that comes to mind. However, this icon of New York culture is increasingly being associated with fatal accidents throughout the boroughs. These types of motor vehicle fatalities are getting larger amounts of press space in the last couple months as more sad stories come to light. The most recent, as published by NBC New York, involved a 9-year-old boy and his father who were struck by a taxi driver while crossing the street on the Upper West Side. The father sustained leg injuries; the son was pronounced dead. The taxi driver received a $300 citation for failure to yield to a pedestrian, but kept his license. This story, coupled with other heartbreaking accounts, such as one involving a 5-year-old deaf child who was killed at the Brooklyn Bridge in 2012, and whose parents brought suit against the taxi company in December of 2013, are making clear the necessity for taxicab rule reform.