Decreasing Effectiveness of 2014 Vision Zero

Traffic fatalities have increased over the last few decades. In 2014 New York enacted Vision Zero, a program meant to eliminate traffic deaths and injuries in New York City by focusing on priority locations with high traffic volume. This led to lowering the Speed Limits, more Speed Cameras and Slow Zones, and overall increased enforcement of Traffic Violations. On April 28th the New York Times published an article, When a Walkable City Becomes a Death Trap, commenting that while this program was promising, results are mixed. Last year there were 257 traffic fatalities, only one lower than the year before Vision Zero was enacted. This has led to discussions on how to build on this program, with changes coming into effect sooner rather than later.

By targeting highly commuted areas in New York City, some of the changes being discussed will greatly affect your ability to travel on the roads. Additional crosswalks will be added to allow less congestion. This will lead to more traffic signals, signs, and pavement markings. Convictions of these Traffic Control Device violations lead to fines of at least $138 and 2 points on your license. Restricting lane access to designated time periods is another change that is being considered. One such modification is closing one lane in each direction in the evening at certain “priority” locations to stem the congestion in those areas.

These are just some of the additional precautions being made to combat this troubling trend of traffic fatalities. What changes do you think should be implemented to lessen fatalities? If you ever receive a summons for a moving violation or an OATH Hearing, hiring an experienced traffic attorney can save you both money and points on your license. Contact our office at (212) 227-9008 for assistance.