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The Call Blog: On First Day With Stricter Traffic Rules, Bronx Boy Hit By School Bus

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For the second night in a row, we had every line ringing. This is an issue that clearly resonates with our viewers. There was no clear consensus as who's to blame - everyone blamed someone else - but there was agreement that something needs to be done. More of your suggestions on how to improve City streets are posted below.



One day after Mayor de Blasio unveiled changes to improve pedestrian safety and reduce traffic-related deaths, a six-year-old boy in the Bronx suffered a leg injury after being hit by a bus while walking to his school. A few hours later on Manhattan's West Side, a man was hospitalized after being hit by a delivery truck.

The accidents came the same day the first phase of "Vision Zero" took effect. Starting today, drivers who get caught by speed cameras will get fines instead of warnings. The plan also adds police to the NYPD's Highway Division and will eventually create more 20 mph zones in the five boroughs.

Are more safety measures needed near schools? Have you ever been involved in an accident with a pedestrian or cyclist? Are there any dangerous intersections in your neighborhood? What ideas do you have to reduce the number of traffic-related fatalities and injuries?

Send your thoughts using the link above.


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How can we expect city drivers to respect the rules of the road if those in charge with enforcing the rules think their lights and sirens give them carte blanche to do as they please. Absent an emergency cops should not be using their lights, and an emergency is not "I don't think I want to wait at this red light anymore."

"In other words, I learned from watching you alright, I learned it from watching you!"

Andy
Clinton Hill


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The W 96th St/Bway intersection in Manhattan is horrible in every direction. The changes they made last year have made it worse, I think.

Every school block should have speed bumps, if they don't already, and the general speed in the area around schools should be reduced to 20 mph.

I wish all traffic lights had turn arrows or at least green lights that are timed to turn only AFTER pedestrians have had 5 seconds of 'walk' sign.

I think police should also enforce turning rules on roads, like upper Broadway, where directional traffic is separated by a wide median. Many people turn off the avenue and then, instead of waiting at the red with cross street traffic, they keep going through the cross street's red light. I have seen & experienced many near-misses because of that.

Anni
Manhattan


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A parent should of taken the boy to school since he was only six, children need to hold parents hands when crossing the street. I heard he was hit by a school bus if that's the case the bus driver should of let him go first that's the right thing to do. More safety measures and more school crossing guards are needed by schools espically in a area where they're two or more schools. As for the guy that was hit by the delivery truck he should of let the truck go by first maybe the truck driver didn't see him. they're so many dangerous intersections in manhattan its to many to name, i'm glad Mayor Diblasio is looking into it

everyone needs to pat attention where crossing the streets that means stop looking down at their Ipads or cell phones they can do that when they get on the sidewalk

Herman
Upper West Side


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6 Speed Cameras in a city of approximate 302 square miles. And doubling the size of the Highway Patrol....well this is great but they patrol highways not local streets. Unless Commissioner Bratton "fixed" this policy as well.

Kate
Midtown East


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I just think everyone should be more aware of what they are doing and just try to
pay attention. I do know that everyone is tired in the morning having to go to
work and drop children off for school and the children are also kind of tired.

Once more it will take some doing on everyone's part and that being Cars, cell phones,
bikes, buses, vans and taxis, etc.

I hope that by everyone trying to do their part it will make a difference in the accidents
and tragedies that have occurred.

Maxxiee
Morris Park

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I see that the Vision of the Zero de Blasio is working as expected, I. E.
not improving anything at all.

Joe
Port Richmond


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I would like to applaud Mayor de Blasio creating a task force in an attempt to make our streets safer. Mayor de Blasio has created an interagency group that will attempt to curb traffic fatalities. This group will include the NYPD, Department of Transportation, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and Taxi & Limousine commission, to implement a ," Vision Zero Plan," to make sure another life is not taken by drivers who operate under the influence of stupidity. Last year an 86 year old male neighbor of mine was killed with his dog and were killed by a driver who was speeding to catch the green light as was reported. A slower speed limit in residential areas would greatly reduce injuries and death. Added to that we have a school on the same block. As such I would also favor speed cameras near schools and those areas where traffic accidents occurred. I also favor strict law enforcement Now I feel our Mayor has it right and for that I say," Kudos."

Freddy
Glen Oaks Village


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Cameras are a good idea.

We have been seeing a lot of pedestrian accidents and hit and runs recently on all the boroughs and a lot has to do with both drivers and pedestrians not paying attention due to texting and talking on phones.

Sal
Staten Island


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all the intersections in my neighborhood are dangerous we have a lot of 4 way stop signs and not 1 car comes to a complete stop they all roll thru it where are the police all they have to do is watch any of these intersections and they could writev hundred's of tickets i never see any written

John
Woodside


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I live near one of the most dangerous intersections in the city here in Bay Ridge and something needs to be done.

If only we had some kind of Bizarro Chris Christie to make things run smoothly.

David
Bay Ridge


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I'm tired of people putting all the blame on drivers. pedestrians also have to take some responsibility by observing traffic rules, and not doing stupid things like run across the street when the light is green and cars are coming down the avenue at full speed. many people just assume that cars will see them and slow down. as a driver, I am constantly avoiding pedestrians and bikers that think they own the street and cross in the middle of the street right in front of me, even though the light is green.

it's especially dangerous in the evenings and at dusk, with all the lights, sometimes you just don't see the pedestrian crossing the street. the other day I saw a guy dressed in black run across 6th Ave with his black dog at night! A car barely missed him because he blended in so well.

Jean


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Union Street and Northern Blvd. (11354) is one of the most dangerous intersections. Accidents happen all the time. Can the Government do something?

Amitorfo
Upper East Side


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I understand traffic safety concerns especially near schools. But speed bumps disrupt emergency traffic. Ambulances and fire trucks have a hard time navigating them. No home owner wants a speed bump in front of their home because of the constant noise of cars bottoming-out. On Staten Island many school intersections have all-way STOP signs which has a positive effect on traffic safety and improves pedestrian safety. The NYCDOT will never install traffic signals at every school intersection because many are at the intersection of residential streets . The speed cameras will cause an uproar among motorist, it's more of a revenue grab than a safety program. One of the best things that the NYCDOT has done is install those pedestrian countdown signals along Hylan Blvd. They have made crossing the street much safer.

Dan
New Dorp


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Maybe the City of New York should replace School Crossing Guards with a NYPD Traffic Cop. A traffic cop is expected to have more experience and authority on controlling traffic, perform the same duties as the School Crossing Guard, and be authorized to:

1) Issue Summons to drivers who have a cell phone in their hand even when stopped for a red light;

2) Call in a car's license plate number when a driver does not stop upon the traffic cop command;

3) May even issue summons to people who disobey the jay walking law.

Kevin
Clifton


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Where is the accountability of the drivers causing harm to pedestrians? As drivers we are responsible for pedestrians ... A person texting while walking of course is a different story, but ultimately drivers must be held accountable for their actions... This particular accident today in the Bronx , if its true that the child was crossing at the pedestrian crossing and the bus was turning on the corner, this driver must be held accountable !

Eleanor


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In my area I see and hear accidents every other day, and I'm on a residential block. A couple of weeks ago a cab crashed near me & the driver died. It's NY and nothing will be done.

MZ
Richmond Hill


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I'm constantly dealing with parents always pushing out the baby strollers in between cars in the middle of the block, as well as parents not having control of their smaller children and running out in traffic. One last point is the sale of electric bicycles and scooters. I've witnessed accidents almost happening because the operators of these scooters are so wreck less zipping down against traffic and blowing stop signs, more wreckless than bicycles.

Junior
Corona


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John, You asked when the last time some one received a jay walking ticket in New York City. When Guliani was mayor their was a jay walking ticketing blitz around Rockerfeller Center, before the rawd iron fencing were put up to stop pedestrians from crossing mid 6th Avenue, around 1999-2000. The ticketing blitz did not work to stop jaywalking but the gates did. This same fencing works around 36th Street and 9th Avenue stopping pedestrians from blocking the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel. Perhaps the fenvcing should be put up on every street ensuring that pedestrians cross at the green and not in between.

John
Kew Gardens


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Everyone is blaming each other- drivers blame pedestrians and vice versa. Everyone needs to obey the laws.

Marie


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I WOULD LIKE TO SEE TRAFFIC-LIGHTS RECONFIGURED, WHERE THE YELLOW LIGHT MEANS TO STOP AND THE RED-LIGHT MEANS YOU ARE COMPLETELY STOPPED.

THE REASON I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A TWO STATE –RED AND GREEN-TRAFFIC LIGHTING CONFIGURATION IS BECAUSE THERE WILL BE NO TIME TO DO ANYTHING ELSE, EXCEPT TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE ROAD ROAD.

JEFF
HARLEM


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I had an accident as a pedestrian 4 weeks ago crossing 7th avenue at 11th street where I live and half a block from Mayor DeBlasios home coincidentally. A van making a left turn onto 7th avenue didn't see me and was about to hit me. I yelled Stop! and stepped backwards quickly, causing me to fall backwards and hitting my head. Ended up being taken by ambulance to hospital and getting stitches in the back of my head. I tried to get police report of accident, but was told that since driver didn't hit me, there was no accident report. So I'm very much in favor of deBlasios proposal.

Nancy
Park Slope


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It's mind-boggling how many pedestrians insist on standing off the curb and into traffic before the light changes. Please stay on the sidewalk until you get the signal to cross. Stay alert. This alone would save lives.

Steve
Forest Hills


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PEDESTRIANS, BICYCLISTS, MOTORISTS, SERIAL TEXTERS, - they are all out of control- rules don't matter- everyone does as they please-It's outrageous!!!!!!!!! several times I've almost been hit by vehicles rounding corners at high speeds acting as if it's big joke to see someone jump to get out of the way. Soon I will be too old to jump
I think Walter had a great idea!!!!!!! as for ticketing for jaywalking- why not they do it in other cities.
A- of manhattan


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Today January 16th 2014 my sister got hit by a car. I think those car drivers need to watch where they're going.

Lisa


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No easy solution on Staten Island. Everyone drives kids to/from school.
Other cities install traffic signals near that revert to blinking red or yellow after peak times. NYCDOT should try that at Clawson Street & Peter Avenue and rip out those speed-bumps.

Every school intersection is a bit dangerous out here.

Nick
Oakwood


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If the pedestrians stop crossing on the flashing Red Hand, J-Walk and dont cross when the cars have the left turning siganal at intersection Traffic will move and they wouldn't be in harms way.

Try turning at 9 Avenue and W 57th Street.

Replace the flashing hand with DONT WALK and J-Walking Tickets New jersey have this and they don't have this confusion.

Naresh


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I agree with putting the camera's around the school zone's also they need to crack down on driver's taking the stop signs I live in Glendale queens its horrible with the underpass bridge right on cooper avenue the speeding cars coming from the bridge is crazy they need more stop signs or bumps also they should issue a law for the limit of the elderly driving age.

Sheila


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It is sickening to see the legislature do to nothing towards the newlest arising epidemic in New York: Pedestrian fatalities; never mind a camara at every corner, the punishment must fit the crime but the message from elected oficials is dangerously wrong and at its best, cynically demagogic. Be a reckless and unconcern driver on the road, but as long you stay at the scene there will be no charges. Really? Driver"s menacing behavior must be address with the seriousness its deserves. Throw all those irrationals in jail, which will be ultimately the very fair lesson to be learned. Mr Mayor, it is time to pass a law that makes some sort of sense; and in the process, to show all these neglected families at least some respect.

Karolina
East Elmhurst


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WHEN A DRIVER GOES BEHIND THE WHEEL "UNDER THE INFLUENCE" AND HITS AND KILLS A PEDESTRIAN AND DRIVES AWAY, HE SHOULD AUTOMATICALLY BE INCARCERATED. IF YOU JUST TAKE HIS OR HER LICENSE AWAY, THEY WILL DRIVE AGAIN AND PROBABLY KILL ANOTHER PEDESTRIAN. TO ME, IF YOU ARE "UNDER THE INFLUENCE," TEXTING OR USING AN IPHONE AND YOU KILL A PEDESTRIAN, THAT IS MURDER AND THAT PERSON SHOULD BE INCARCERATED. THE LAWS ARE NOT STRICT ENOUGH IN THIS CITY. I AM SICK AND TIRED OF ALL THESE "HIT AND RUN" INCIDENTS. ENOUGH ALREADY.

RALPH
BAYRIDGE


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We all need to take responsibility for the safety of each other. If we all follow the rules, whether we are drivers, pedestrian or cyclist things will improve. The police need to follow the rules too. Tonight I saw the cops stop in the bus stop at Sutphin Bld and Jamaica Ave with their back in the street this cause the bus to be in the street with people boarding. People were jay walking we all need to be responsible.

Marva

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