The fact that a certain New York pedestrian crossing earned the nickname, the “Boulevard of Death,” suggests that remedial safety measures were overdue. The particular crossing in question is located in New York, in the borough of Queens. Over 185 people have been killed on that stretch of road in the past 25 years.
City engineers believe they can solve the problem with a redesign that will provide marked lanes for cars, bicyclists and pedestrians, while also offering wider buffer zones between those lanes. The redesign is part of a larger safety initiative by New York City officials. Other efforts include lowering speed limits, increasing the number of speed cameras throughout the city, stepping up ticketing and traffic enforcement, and also offering greater driver outreach and educational programs.
Granted, not every municipality in the state of New York witnesses the same degree of congestion as New York City. Yet traffic deaths should be a concern of every municipality, and cost-efficient measures like speeding cameras might be a welcome addition to any traffic safety program.
According to data collected in 2012 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, speeding was a cause in 30 percent of fatal motor vehicle crashes. Notably, only 12 percent of those crashes occurred on interstate highways. That means that the majority of fatal speeding accidents occur on local roads. That’s a figure that should be of particular concern to municipal officials.
Our law firm has helped many victims who were injured by another driver’s negligence. We have also helped the surviving loved ones of fatal motor vehicle accidents. Since the NHTSA’s data indicates that negligent driving behaviors continue to persist on highways and local roads, a crash victim should consult with an attorney in order to protect his or her rights.
Source: Reuters, “U.S. traffic deaths climb, while New York streets are safer,” Daniel Trotta, May 12, 2016