New York City is taking the lead on improving legislation to reduce the amount of pedestrian fatalities due to car accidents.
In 2012, 4,743 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents, according to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Just last year, 286 NYC residents and tourists were killed in the Big Apple alone.
Earlier this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio explained his “Vision Zero” plan, which he hopes will eliminate all pedestrian accidents within the next ten years. It will increase penalties for hit-and-run accidents and reckless driving and will permit the city to control speed limits and camera ticketing programs.
In May, the council came together to revise eleven bills to fit those needs. In the Wall Street Journal, it explains that the new legislation will make it mandatory for traffic signals to be fixed within 24 hours after being reported broken, require 20 mph slow zones, and ban “stunt behavior” like donuts, wheelies, and revving.
In addition, the legislation will penalize drivers that do not allow pedestrians or bicyclists to have the right of way.
Cooper’s Law will allow the city to take away cabbies’ licenses if they injure or kill a pedestrian. It is named after Cooper Stock, a nine-year-old who was killed by a cab on the upper West Side earlier this year, according to The Daily News.
This is a huge step in pedestrian accident legislation. New York City will hopefully be an example for what can be done across the nation to reduce pedestrian accidents. The personal injury lawyers at Drake Law Firm hopes that California cities follow suit.
Nobody wants to see a loved one get injured or pass away from something that can be prevented. If you or a loved one have been in a pedestrian accident, contact a knowledgeable personal injury attorney in your area. The attorneys at Drake Law Firm are always fighting for what people deserve and need after an accident.