BRONX, NY- According to Bronx.news12.com, a man almost died from injuries that he suffered in a hit-and-run crash on Tremont Avenue. Another pedestrian, an elderly woman, was killed in a pedestrian accident at Tremont and Miles avenues in December.
One resident claims that the traffic lights are poorly positioned and that she was involved in an accident as a result.
The Department of Transportation responded to local concerns by stating that by law, the city can only have 140 speed cameras positioned near schools, but that the department is working to expand the number of cameras in the area. They also plan to add more street lights in the area.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has focused on traffic safety in New York City by implementing the Vision Zero initiative. Vision Zero started in Sweden, and it is based on the philosophy that all vehicle accidents are preventable. The program involves a real shift in thinking away from the belief that a certain number of traffic accidents are inevitable. Instead, cities are tasked with taking every traffic-related fatality seriously and seeing it as a failure of the system.
The program has shown success since it was implemented and traffic-related deaths are down across the city. However, the improvements are not universal throughout every part of the city and data about crash statistics indicates that there are places in need of a lot of improvements.
Part of the process involves finding unsafe locations and making improvements to those areas. While most traffic accidents are the result of driver errors, the success of Vision Zero programs indicates that there are plenty of ways to make the roads safer for everyone, even without relying on drivers to behave responsibly.
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