Calls for safety changes grow as traffic-related deaths rise

Transportation Alternatives is calling on the mayor as well as the city's next leader to act. They say traffic crashes are out of control, and the city's Vision Zero plan, which aims to prevent collisions and protect New Yorkers, is in crisis.

News 12 Staff

Oct 8, 2021, 9:14 PM

Updated 1,009 days ago

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An advocacy group is urging the city to make changes to prevent losing more lives to traffic accidents.
Transportation Alternatives is calling on City Hall to act fast, with the hope of saving more lives.
Just three months ago in Crown Heights, a 20-year-old woman was killed as police say the driver was drag racing and jumped the curb.
Transportation Alternatives is calling on the mayor as well as the city's next leader to act. They say traffic crashes are out of control, and the city's Vision Zero plan, which aims to prevent collisions and protect New Yorkers, is in crisis.
Williams says he unfortunately lost his roommate to a traffic crash.
Traffic crashes impact many across the boroughs. City data from 2020-2021 reports that there were 96 pedestrian deaths, 26 cyclist deaths, 121 motorist deaths and 243 deaths for the year citywide.
The city is continuing its Vision Zero efforts to improve the safety of all streets in every neighborhood and borough.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio commented on the issue as traffic crashes continue to threaten the city.
He said, "We have got to get the bigger commitment from the state government, the federal government to the Vision Zero type approach. We've proven it works in the nation's largest city, but you cannot do it in isolation, we need all levels of government helping."
Transportation Alternatives is launching a new series with training, free and open to the public, to inspire and grow grassroots activism.


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