The number of New Yorkers killed in traffic-related incidents on the city’s streets rose to alarming levels in the first three months of 2022 not seen in years, according to a new study conducted by an advocacy group Transport is to be published.
In the first quarter of this year, 59 people, including many pedestrians, were struck and killed in the Big Apple – a whopping 44 percent increase from the last three months to the end of 2021.
The staggering death toll is the highest number of deaths on the city’s streets since at least 2014, when then-Mayor Bill de Blasio first launched his Vision Zero initiative.
Analysis by Transportation Alternatives and Families for Safe Streets shows that half of those killed on the city’s streets, 29 people, were pedestrians.
“From children in Queens to seniors in Brooklyn, too many New Yorkers are getting killed just waiting for the bus or crossing the street, and the numbers are only going up,” Danny Harris, head of Transportation Alternatives, said in a statement.
Harris called on Albany lawmakers to allow Mayor Eric Adams to reduce speed limits on some city streets and expand the Big Apple’s camera enforcement programs as a way to combat the slaughter.
He also requested that Adams support calls for the council to allocate up to $3.1 billion for additional street redevelopments.
Vision Zero made controversial changes to the city’s streets, including reducing speed limits and redesigning streets to make them safer for pedestrians and cyclists, drawing the ire of drivers but also praise from transit advocates like Harris’ group brought in.
However, these boosters eventually became critical of the de Blasio administration for their slow progress in introducing many of the safety improvements.
The Vision Zero campaign has been further hampered since the pandemic was hit by a surge in traffic as New Yorkers opted for cars over transit, coupled with a massive reduction in traffic and NYPD parking enforcement.
NYPD statistics show that officers issued just 83,000 traffic subpoenas in the first two months of 2022, down a whopping 54 percent from the 182,000 from the same period before the pandemic in 2019.
And it’s unclear how aggressive the currently counted enforcement was.
Research by The Post and Streetsblog NYC, an online news organization, found how cops in key counties resolved complaints about illegal parking and other violations in under 15 minutes — or less time than it takes for a pizza to be delivered.
“The safety of New Yorkers is our top priority. We’re proud of the work we’ve done to reduce traffic fatalities and we understand there is much more work to be done,” said Vin Barone, a spokesman for the Department of Transportation.
“The agency is working around the clock to increase the number of safety procedures and eliminate traffic fatalities in New York City,” he added.
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