Taxi crash on Park Av, Manhattan
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More than 200 people have died in NYC road accidents so far this year, putting the city on track for the highest number of road fatalities since Mayor Bill de Blasio took office in January 2014. , according to transport advocates.
Figures calculated by the activist group Transportation Alternatives using city data highlight that at this point in 2019, 188 New Yorkers had died in car accidents, for a total of 220 that year.
“This is shaping up to be the deadliest year for traffic violence during Mayor de Blasio’s tenure,” said the group’s director, Danny Harris. “If the death rate on our streets remains unchanged for the rest of the year, we will see a total of 243 deaths in 2020.”
The increase in deaths from accidents occurs despite a drop in general traffic due to quarantine, a trend that has been seen in other areas of the country.
Experts believe that the two variables are related, since Fewer cars on the road has made people drive more dangerous, and bicyclists and pedestrians let their guard down.
Leading the rise are motorcycle and auto fatalities, which have risen significantly compared to 2019. Meanwhile, the number of bicyclists and pedestrians killed has decreased in NYC.
A spokesperson for the Department of Transportation (DOT) acknowledged the deadly spike, but questioned the “Transportation Alternatives” data, arguing that eight of the deaths this year were not caused by the crashes during which they occurred, he cited New York Post.
“The carnage on our streets continues unabated. The mayor has not only ignored the recommendations of his Surface Transportation Advisory Council to address this, but has drastically cut the budget for Vision Zero “Harris criticized earlier this month, referring to de Blasio’s 6-year plan to cut fatalities from traffic accidents to zero.
“If the rate of death on our streets continues unchanged through the remainder of the year, we will see 243 total deaths in 2020.” https://t.co/40z9lt4ZD3
– Transportation Alternatives (@TransAlt) October 23, 2020