WESTBURY, NY- According to Longisland.news12.com , a pedestrian was killed on Thursday, December 13, 2018, when a vehicle struck her at a little before 9 p.m.
The victim was a 63-year-old woman whose name has not yet been released. The crash occurred in Westbury while the victim was attempting to cross Old Country Road.
Charges have not been filed against the driver, who remained at the scene after the pedestrian accident.
Pedestrian crashes have been increasing across the United States but have been on the decline in New York City because of efforts the city is making to create safer roads. Under the city’s Vision Zero initiative, the city has put a lot of work into designing better and safer intersections, enforcing traffic laws, and implementing new laws to reduce the traffic-related death toll.
The number of overall traffic deaths seen in New York City has since declines, and the number of pedestrians killed in the city has dropped the most drastically.
One way that cities can make the streets safer for pedestrians is to lower the speed limit, especially in places with heavy pedestrian traffic. The chances of a person surviving a crash in which they are hit by a car are significantly greater if the vehicle is traveling at a lower speed. Some pedestrian safety advocate groups have argued for speed limits of 20 miles per hour in areas with a lot of foot traffic. Most people who are struck by vehicles traveling at 20 miles per hour or less will survive those accidents. As speeds increase, the rate of pedestrians who survive beings struck by vehicles declines.
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