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.
Recent efforts across the country to combat distracted driving are in full force in New York City. According to a news story from ABC 7 New York, a recent initiative focused on putting a stop to texting while driving and other distractions that can result in deadly car accidents.
The city-wide initiative aimed to reduce serious distractions that plague drivers when they are behind the wheel. Whether it is sending a text message, talking on a cell phone, or simply inputting information into a GPS device, these distractions can cause serious car accidents.
New York City has been taking steps in 2014 to combat dangerous drivers through heavy police ticketing, as well as new legislation strengthening the sentences for dangerous drivers with multiple traffic violations. The crackdown on dangerous drivers is part of Mayor de Blasio's Vision Zero initiative to protect pedestrians on New York City streets from death or serious injury as a result of bad drivers and a previously lax administration.
According to the NYPD's traffic report system, within the first quarter of 2014, 100,172 tickets were issued as compared to 89,868 tickets in 2013. In a recent study, it was found that 56 percent of all traffic fatalities within the city involved pedestrians. Each year, roughly 4,000 people are seriously injured and about 250 people are killed due to traffic accidents. Of these pedestrian fatalities, 70 percent are due to drivers who consistently make dangerous choices. Dangerous choices consist of not paying attention, speeding, and not following designated signs.