This past Monday, the New York City Department of Transportation released data on motor vehicle fatalities for 2012 and the numbers were rather disconcerting. In particular, the data revealed that speeding motorists were responsible for 81 fatalities in 2012, a 65 percent increase from 2011, which saw a total of 49 speeding-related fatalities.
New York City may soon be getting more aggressive about catching drivers who commit traffic violations. Drivers in the city already have to contend with cameras set up to catch red-light runners and bus-lane violators. However, if a proposed law is passed, NYC drivers will also have to run a gauntlet of cameras set up to catch speeders.
Back in February, our blog discussed how safety advocates, concerned citizens and city officials all packed a joint meeting of the City Council's Transportation and Public Safety Committees to discuss such important matters as reckless driving/speeding and the adequacy of current efforts to combat speeding-related fatalities.
Ask any motorist here in New York about the city's vehicle traffic laws and propensity for handing out traffic violations, and you are more than likely going to get an earful. While this frustration is understandable, it may help to remember that things could definitely be worse.