WOODSIDE, Queens (PIX11) — With the number of pedestrians being killed in traffic accidents on a steady and disturbing rise, Mayor Bill de Blasio has launched a new program aimed at preventing these tragedies.
“Vision Zero” is a strategy aimed at “reducing traffic fatalities to zero within 10 years,” the de Blasio administration explained in a press release.
“This will be a top-to-bottom effort to take on dangerous streets and dangerous driving. We aren’t going to wait and lose a son, a daughter, a parent or a grandparent in another senseless and painful tragedy,” the Mayor said at a press conference Wednesday near Northern Boulevard and 61st Street in Woodside, the intersection where an eight-year-old boy was killed by a tractor trailer while walking to school. “Our top responsibility is protecting the health and safety of our people. From tougher enforcement to more safely-designed streets and stronger laws, we’ll confront this problem from every side—and it starts today.”
Effective immediately, recently installed speed cameras will begin issuing tickets and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton will be increasing the number of cops on the Highway Division by 10%, with an eventual goal of increasing staff by 50%.
“Public safety must always be at the forefront of what we do. Whether it’s our drivers and passengers, or the people who share the streets with them, we want to do our part to protect every New Yorker,” said Taxi and Limousine chief operating officer Conan Freud.
Eleven New Yorkers have been killed in traffic accidents in 2014, seven of which were pedestrians.