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The Call Blog: Mayor de Blasio Details Plan to Eliminate Traffic Deaths

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I think New Yorkers will be better served if police enforced the rules we already have. I can't tell you how many times a cab driver will come to a complete stop in the middle of the street to pick up a passenger or a bicyclist will run a red light while a car is turning left. But without enforcement, these violations will keep occurring. We all have a vested interest in improving street safety - is saving 30 seconds worth risking getting hurt - or hurting someone?



A month after creating a task force to study pedestrian safety, Mayor de Blasio outlines a wide-ranging, ambitious plan to make New York City streets safer. The Vision Zero Action Plan aims to eliminate all traffic-related deaths within the next 10 years.

The report outlines 63 recommendations, including increasing the NYPD Highway Division and redesigning 50 dangerous intersections and corridors across the City each year. But the centerpiece of the plan, which calls for reducing the citywide speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph and expanding the number of speed and red light cameras, both need approval from Albany. Meanwhile, some of the interagency task force’s recommendations are already in effect, such as issuing tickets and not fines for violations captured by existing speed cameras.

The effort comes after a string of traffic deaths in the City. Speaking on the Upper West Side today, where two New Yorkers were killed just hours apart last month, and surrounded by families of those killed in traffic accidents, the Mayor today said: “Our lives are literally in each other’s hands. Our children’s lives are in each other’s hands. And today, we begin the work of living up to that responsibility.”

What’s your reaction to this wide-ranging plan to reduce traffic deaths in New York City? Will it actually help make our streets safer? What recommendations do you have to improve safety for pedestrians and drivers? How much hope do you have Albany will back this effort?

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If they would just get irresponsible drivers off the roads they would be safe. I can't tell you how many times I see cars going through red lights and or stop signs. They only care for themselves until they themselves get hurt. Cars make their own lanes to get around traffic. They make right turns in red where it's not posted without even stopping. If you're coming down the street you slam on your brakes to accommodate them instead of them yielding right of way.

Why should good drivers be penalized we are not the problem.

Jessica
Arden heights



Using his Zero Vision, Mayor DeBlahBlahBlahBlah takes another step toward imposing communist rule over the City. Did he flunk Pre-K?

Joe
Port Richmond



All this Mayor ever does is make proposals that are suppose to show results
in a long term effect. Whatever whim this Mayor gets it becomes a proposal
and in the end we are still in the same place. On main thoroughfares-during
the daytime hours it’s as though the avenues are drag strips. More cameras,
more of this and that and I must ask whatever happened to the NYCHA projects
that appalled the then group of want to be mayors that they slept over in
the different apartments just to prove a point and assured everyone that
something will be done because people shouldn’t be living in these conditions.
Good luck with Albany. Even they must be wondering what gives with this
Mayor and his ideas.
[ONE MORE TIME: JUST WHERE ARE THE JOBS]

Also this DeBlasio reacts as though he is oblivious of all the dangerous intersections
in our city. The city council should have been aware of the dangerous intersections.
I guess it sounds good when this mayor continues to make proposals.
I say get with the program mayor.

Maxxiee
Morris Park



Simple solution....put every police officer on an "all out" (yes including detectives sho sit squad rooms doing nothing) writing failure to yield to pedestrians, red lights, speed, and gridlock summons If the Commisioner would pick one day out of the week and get this simple task together, pedestrian injury and deaths will go down very quickly.Plus the city will make a ton a money.

The problem in this city is that cops don't want to write summones because they get in trouble if they lose in court.

Increasing Highway Patrol is great but they patrol highways...I don't see them doing car stops in my midtown neighbord. Plus they are used for dignitary protection so much of their time is accounted for.

The only hitch in my plan is Commissioner Bratton is going to do away with goals (commonly referred to as quotas.) 10 percent of police officers do 90 percent of the work. If the 90 percent don't have a goal, then they'll do nothing.

Kate
Midtown East



The current speed limit is 30 and not enforced so dropping to 25 is meaningless. Texting and talking on phones while driving not enforced. Jaywalking not enforced . Commercial traffic on residential streets excluding local deliveries not enforced (Springfield Blvd in Queens Village). Pedestrians crossing against the light. Proposal admirable but not workable.

Jack B.
Queens Village



The issue in the east side, is ALL ABOUT TRIPLE PARKED DELIVERY TRUCKS. They allow them to COMPLETELY block entire avenues, which causes incredible traffic jams. Drivers get so frustrated that they SPEED once they FINALLY get thru the single lane that is caused by POLICE NOT ENFORCING no triple parking. When all lanes are available, people just smoothly ride at the speed limit- no matter WHAT that limit is--

Why can't we do deliveries between midnight-5am?? That way, rush hour is no longer RUSH HOUR.

Morgen
Midtown



It's about time NYC catch up with its sister cities in the US and around the world.
The shameful lack of leadership on this urgent issue has caused countless deaths and injuries. We hope that an aggressive approach by our new city administration will put us on the map as a friendly and safe walking and biking city once and for all.

Steve
Forest Hills



Lowing the speed limit is a great idea. Pedestrians also must cross the street at the corner & wait for a green light. Sometimes, pedestrians act as if they can overrun a car.

Debbie
Rego Park



Wait, there's a speed limit in NYC?? I'd never have guessed...

Andy
Queens Village



I must agree with Phil and Tracey. This is another wrongheaded effort by
Mayor DeBlasio to appease special interest groups. Where is the responsibility of the pedestrian in all of this? They walk into traffic with their heads buried in their I-pods, on their phones and against the light!

The Mayor needs to focus on substantive issues and be a mayor, not Public Advocate 2.0.

David
Harlem



There are more WHEELS on the roads and on the sidewalks. BIKES are WEAVING IN TRAFFIC, are ON THE SIDEWALKS are RIDING AGAINST TRAFFIC on ONE WAY STREETS and AVENUES.

Sidewalks are used by BICYCLES, SKATEBOARDERS, ROLLER SKATERS, SCOOTERS, the ELDERLY, the VISUALLY IMPAIRED/BLIND, as well as your average pedestrian – who is TEXTING as they WALK, or under HEADPHONES. NO ONE IS LOOKING OUT FOR THE OTHER GUY!!!!

A blind friend complained she had never been run into until cell phones and texting came along.

There is MORE PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC in Manhattan. We need TRAFFIC SIGNALS that have PEDESTRIANS go, then VEHICLES TURN. There is OVERDEVELOPMENT so that PEDESTRIANS are FORCED into the STREETS from SIDEWALKS.

In Manhattan, the CITY has ALLOWED RESTAURANTS to have WIDER SWATHS of the SIDEWALKS for their CAFEs at the cost of PEDESTRIAN SAFETY.

I take TAXIS several times a week at rush hour on the UES. They are, for the most part, SAFE DRIVERS. I witness from the back seat the BICYCLES weaving in traffic in ways that boggle the mind. There is NO ENFORCEMENT of VIOLATIONS.

Carolyn
Upper East Side



I drive a yellow cab why do new yorker stand in the street at X walks and jay walk at night wearing BLACK

Bruno



I don't see police stopping anyone in Manhattan going fast...they should start fining taxi cabs! They drive crazy fast!

Carolina



my opinion is to give fines to pedestrians who cross on the don't walk sign or jay walking as well as they do for the drivers who do driving infractions while driving, I completely understand the speeding in the city is a problem, but pedestrians also need to be disciplined while crossing the streets

Yorklin
Williamsburg



I actually drive the posted speed limit, come ride with me while going up Queens Boulevard and take in the flashing high-beams and the honking.

Eddie
Manhattan



Whatever happened to those Skeleton Speedboards that were placed around the city? They can sure be useful again to get drivers aware of the 30 MPH speed limit and then you get a skeleton if you're driving over 30. Lowering it down to 25 would end up causing slowdowns, and it sure does stress me when I'm behind the wheel and people don't know what the speed limit is and drive at 25.

Danny
Queens



When was the last time a pedestrian killed a driver?

Ola
Upper East Side



My neighborhood has the bike lanes that lead to the 59th st. bridge. The cyclists that come down 43rd avenue scare me more than the cars do.

Jen
Sunnyside



I am all for better safety. Is our mayor going to do anything about those people riding electric bicycles making deliveries and driving them on roads without helmets light or insurance?

George
Bay Ridge



I agree with the Mayor's initiative for pedestrian safety. We need more speed cameras at busy intersections besides near
schools. The drivers are out of control. I agree with another emailer who commented about the out of control bicycle delivery
personnel who ride on sidewalks all over the Financial District in downtown Manhattan! This is an important issue for pedestrian safety as well.

John
Oakwood

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