NEW YORK, NEW YORK – A news report on nypost.com states that safety advocates and pedestrians are criticizing New York City’s “Vision Zero” initiative due to the number of pedestrian injuries and deaths. A City Hall report states that pedestrian deaths in New York City streets “soared” in 2020 with 275 people tragically killed in accidents, while the NYPD’s enforcement of traffic laws plunged.
The City Hall report states that there was a 30-percent jump in the number of traffic-related fatalities during the same 12-month period last year. Last year also had the highest number of pedestrian deaths since 2014. The surge in traffic-related pedestrian deaths is being blamed on the “Vision Zero” initiative. The “Vision Zero” initiative reduced enforcement, reduced speed limits throughout the city, and set a goal to end New York City’s traffic-related deaths.
However, pedestrian and cycling safety advocates have frequently asserted that nothing has been done, and City Hall’s plans for bicycles and buses are not achieving their goals.
Data from the Department of Transportation shows every traffic-related death category increased substantially during the first part of 2021. Pedestrian deaths are up 16 over last year. The report also shows that police officers only arrested 13 drivers out of 1,979 pedestrian accidents.
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