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NYC Pedestrian Safety Stays in Spotlight
The New York Police Dept. is establishing a new traffic division headed by
a veteran chief. The NYPD told the Daily News the formation of the unit
heralds gridlock and "wild cab drivers" as the "next serious quality of life
battlegrounds" for the Giuliani Administration. 250 officers in Manhattan
and 50 in the boroughs will command existing mounted, highway and helicopter units. City Transportation Commissioner Lee Sander told the Campaign last week that the NYC DOT helped form
the division, whose launch
will coincide with new DOT pedestrian safety initiatives. Yet the following day, the New York Post headlined an NYPD jaywalking crackdown.
DOT officials subsequently denied that jaywalking enforcement is part of
its pedestrian safety program, though the Department's chief spokesperson
was quoted throughout the Post article. An analysis of NYC car-pedestrian
crashes by Transportation
Alternatives (T.A.) featured on the cover of
Monday's Daily News shows that twice as many walkers are hit while
crossing legally than while crossing against a signal, suggesting enforcement efforts would be better aimed at motorists. An earlier T.A.
study found the NYPD issued fewer than 35 summonses a day for speeding
and reckless driving (2 million vehicles a day ply NYC roads and streets),
and that about 95% of speeding summonses were issued on limited access
highways instead of on crowded city streets. A follow-up Daily News piece
said DOT will install more hidden cameras at traffic lights in busy intersections, a cost-effective means of catching and deterring dangerous driving.
The Campaign will meet with Commissioner Sander in September to discuss other measures like lower speed limits and traffic calming engineering
methods, and ways to improve DOT response to the many NYC neighborhoods now seeking traffic relief (see MTR 38). A Daily News editorial today took DOT to task for not responding faster to
pedestrian safety concerns.
Mobilizing the Region Number 44, 1 September 1995, published by
the Tri-State Transportation Campaign
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