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Deadly week on NYC streets raises concerns about traffic safety

Traffic challenges and accidents are things that every New Yorkers may face at some point. However, that does not mean that citizens should disregard the laws or not focus on safety. Concern for the well-being and lives of others as well as the wish to prevent traffic violations and consequences make the need to remain safe when behind the wheel ever relevant.

The New York Police Department Commission was reported as telling the media recently that with the vast numbers of residents in the city, traffic accidents are simply a matter of reality. Despite that reality, the city is still concerned with increasing safety, especially in light of a recently fatal week. From October 6 to October 13, six people—including three children—were killed in traffic accidents in New York City.

In September 2012, traffic deaths had decreased from the prior year and in 2013, murders are down by 26 percent over 2012 numbers. To have six people die in one week from motor vehicle accidents when no murders were even reported has many people concerned. Some citizens believe that police are not taking traffic law violations seriously enough. They also assert that the NYPD should make all crash data public yet the police department says that the public does not understand the information enough to do so.

The debate between safety advocates and law enforcement may continue but the need to remain safe will always be present. For people who do receive citations, seeking legal help for a traffic ticket defense can be very beneficial.

Source: gothamist, “Zero murders in NYC Last Week, But 6 Traffic Fatalities,” Christopher Robbins, October 14, 2013

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