STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The question many Staten Island residents have asked recently is whether “Vision Zero,” Mayor de Blasio’s plan to reduce pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents, and motor vehicle fatalities to zero annually, applies to Staten Island. SILIVE.com relates that the number of pedestrian accidents that have happened at this juncture in 2019 far exceeds the number of pedestrian-involved accidents in 2018. The reality of the situation flies in the face of all of the public relations work New York City has done to inform motorists about lowering speed limits, introducing speed cameras, and warning people about the need to watch out for people.
The problem a contributor to SILIVE.com says is distracted driving. Unless the government eradicates distracted drivers or motorists take it upon themselves to put cell phones down, the number of pedestrian accidents will not go down.
SILIVE.com cites some compelling statistics. According to their analysis of statistics maintained by the New York City Police Department, 103 pedestrians sustained injuries in motor vehicle crashes on Staten Island from January 1, 2019, until March 24, 2019. During the same time frame in 2018, 67 pedestrian injuries were recorded on Staten Island.
SILIVE.com says that the difference between this year and last is the number of people who drive while distracted. The NYPD Traffic Stat cited by SILIVE.com indicates that NYPD determined that 55 out of the 103 pedestrian accidents causing injury on Staten Island during the first three months of 2019 were caused by distracted driving. An additional 30 accidents occurred because the motorist failed to yield the right of way. Three people have died in pedestrian accidents during the first quarter of 2019 and police attributed one accident to speeding.
The carnage is not the sole responsibility of motorists, SILIVE.com acknowledged. Pedestrians must put the phones down while walking, not jump out from in between parked cars, and stay within crosswalks to increase their safety.
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