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Reduction in vehicular deaths on NYC streets for 2014

Whether visitors or residents, any person who must drive, ride or walk on the streets of New York has to navigate extremely congested roadways and the accompanying dangers. The risk of an accident can be always present and the penalties for anyone involved in an accident can be high as well, especially when traffic violations are involved.

The number of deaths on New York City streets hit its lowest mark in 2011 with 249 fatalities but then increased for the following two years. The current mayor has instituted his Vision Zero plan to ultimately eliminate all vehicular fatalities in the city. Efforts include crackdowns on distracted drivers or those that do not appropriately yield to pedestrians. People who exceed the speed limit are also targeted in the plan.

Currently 20 cameras are installed near some schools and are capable of resulting in a speeding ticket being issued. Some people in the state are pushing to have even more cameras installed to further the efforts to reduce speeding and accident deaths. So far in the first three months of 2014, the number of fatalities is 26 percent lower than for 2013 for the same timeframe. In all, 51pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists or passengers have died in 2014.

Drivers who must fight a traffic ticket should be aware of the city’s efforts. Taking the time to work with an attorney can help to avoid default convictions or other penalties. This can offer opportunities for more lasting effects or expenses associated with such tickets.

Source: New York Daily News, “Amid Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero push, traffic fatalities in NYC down 26% in 2014,” Pete Donohue, April 3, 2014

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