Study: pedestrian accidents up, ticketing down
Traffic fatalities increased 26 percent between 2005 and 2007, while the number of summons issued for failing to yield to pedestrians are down 12 percent during those years, according to a report released yesterday.
Comparing studies in which city drivers have been spotted speeding with the current rate of enforcement, the study by the Transportation Alternatives advocacy group estimated that a driver could fail to yield every single day and only get ticketed once in 1,589 years.
This is very frightening, said Edith Prentiss, an advocate for people with disabilities. You wonder why you ever leave your house.
Report authors recommended that the city deploy more police to hazardous intersections and create an Office of Road Safety to study pedestrian crashes, as it recently did for bicycles.The NYPD, who oversees traffic agents, said that pedestrian crashes have fallen overall in the last decade and the installation of red light cameras helps catch hundreds of thousands of reckless drivers a year.
The city streets remain their safest in history, NYPD deputy commissioner Paul Browne said.