Police Reinforcing Vision Zero Initiative After 7 Pedestrian Deaths

Marla Diamond
December 23, 2019 - 3:17 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The de Blasio administration introduced new plans on Monday to protect pedestrians, especially during the final days of the holiday season.

This year is on track to be the deadliest on record for pedestrians on New York City streets.

A total of 117 people have been killed this year – two more than 2018 – and last week was the worst ever with seven pedestrians killed by vehicles.

Three of the deaths involved box trucks and the NYPD's new Chief William Morris says the department is cracking down in response to the deaths over the weekend.

“We inspect a total of 213 trucks,” he said. “There were 385 moving violations.”

The City Council has worked on a series of measures to improve traffic safety but Transportation Chairman Ydanis Rodriguez says too many drivers are speeding.

He wants the speed limit to be reduced to five miles an hour for turning vehicles.

We just want to say ‘No mas,’ ‘Basta Ya,’” he said. “We can do it. We should not be losing so many great New Yorkers.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the deaths were “unacceptable” and that police will be ramping up truck enforcement.