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A decade of traffic changes in New York City reduces fatalities

Drivers in New York City face some of the nation’s busiest roadways. This can lead to a greater percentage of accidents, traffic violations or other concerns based solely on the number and range of vehicles that share the streets in this city. As with other cities, New York police officers are always on alert for problems and people who receive tickets or other citations. Such instances may result in fines, points on a driver’s record, license suspensions or more.

The city of New York has spent much effort since 2002 to make the streets of New York safer for all motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. A recent article in the media highlighted some of the actions that the city has implemented and the results that they have found. Some of the changes include adding more dedicated bike lanes and turn-only lanes, more pedestrian islands that reduce the length of crosswalks, minimizing the opportunity for auto-pedestrian accidents.

Additional changes include more clearly identifying lane markers or medians, giving pedestrians a head start over cars at green lights and moving parked cars further away from intersections. Statistics from the Department of Transportation show a 29 percent decline in traffic fatalities from 2002 through 2012 with 5,897 deaths recorded in 2002 and 4,203 in 2012. The article did not specify if the changes led to any increase in traffic citations.

Drivers who have been cited for any traffic violation in New York City, whether it resulted in an accident or not, have different options available to them. Depending upon the specific circumstances, you may wish to work with an attorney to help you with your case.

Source: International Business Times, “NYC Department of Transportation: Here’s How New York City Is Taming Traffic And Saving Lives,” Angelo Young, November 6, 2013

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