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De Blasio unveils ambitious ‘Vision Zero’ plan to ramp up pedestrian safety

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – Mayor Bill de Blasio presented more than 60 initiatives Tuesday as part of his plan to reduce the number of pedestrian deaths across the city.

The comprehensive proposal requires changes at multiple city agencies with the singular goal of stemming the increase in vehicle-related deaths. So far 25 people have died in 2014 — and often the victims have been children.

As part of the proposal, de Blasio wants to:

  • Reduce the speed limit citywide to 25 mph, down from the current 30 mph currently allowed.
  • Expand the use of traffic cameras whether they be red light or speeding cameras.
  • Have individual NYPD precincts enforce speeding crackdowns.
  • Redesign 50 intersections and corridors annually, and expand neighborhood ‘slow zones’ which would involve the implementation of hundreds of speed bumps.

The proposal also seeks to crack down on the riskiest of drivers licensed by the Taxi and Limousine Commission whether they are livery or yellow cab drivers.

Advocates including Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives, hailed the details of ‘Vision Zero’ as the most comprehensive policy change in memory and points out many of the initiatives will require approval from lawmakers in Albany, which at times has been quite difficult to obtain even on issues that seem to be common sense in NYC.

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