Traffic Fatalities Rise on NYC Streets

Over at Streetsblog yesterday, Stephen Miller broke down the “Mayor’s Management Report” and uncovered some disheartening news for New York City residents: “in the last fiscal year, traffic fatalities were at their highest level since 2008, and NYPD moving violations summonses were at a 10-year low.”

Although the number of traffic crashes went down in the 2012 fiscal year, the number of bicyclists and pedestrians that died in traffic crashes was up by 11%. The number of motorist fatalities also rose considerably. In total, traffic fatalities spiked by 23% in the 2012 fiscal year.

While the New York City Department of Transportation has done excellent work to make the city’s streets safer for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers, the New York State Legislature must give the city another tool to combat hazardous driving: the authority to install speed cameras. During New York’s most recent legislative session, Assembly Member Deborah Glick’s speed camera authorization legislation picked up an upper chamber sponsor in Senator Andrew Lanza, but did not pass. Next session, it should.

Click here to read Tri-State’s statement on the news.

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