Reckless Driving in NY & The Vision Zero Action Plan
Reckless driving in NY is covered under the Vision Zero Action Plan. It carries a 5 point penalty, amongst other fines and could raise your insurance premium. From 1990 – 2015, 185 people (mostly pedestrians) were killed in auto accidents on Queens Boulevard. But, for the last 3 years no one has been killed on the thoroughfare. It’s been heralded as a prime example of what Vision Zero can do.
What is the Vision Zero Action Plan?
The Vision Zero Action Plan has roots from Sweden going back to 1997, and was adapted in NY in 2014. Aimed at reducing death and injury from auto accidents, Vision Zero addresses public safety in a state that was losing 250 people per year to traffic accidents.
The Vision Zero action plan utilizes all of New York’s traffic resources to help curb injuries and accidents. From expanded law enforcement to increased penalties, Vision Zero closes the gap to gain control of safety on the streets.
Vision Zero and New York City
New York City is hailed as a wonderful walking city. With so many people out and about, Manhattan’s traffic fatalities were 73% pedestrians (14% is the national average). With the State and City’s crackdown on reckless driving, New York is hoping to reduce the wide gap in the averages.
Mayor De Blasio and Polly Trottenberg, the commissioner of the Department of Transportation work together to bring Vision Zero to the 5 boroughs with state & local legislation and enforcement. “This is a major shift for most American communities, by establishing clear accountability to ensure safe mobility,” says Vision Zero Network.
Reckless Driving in NY
Reckless driving in NY is part of The Vision Zero Action Plan and carries these possible penalties:
- 1st Offense: $100-$300 in fines and/or up to 30 days in jail
- 2nd Offense (within an 18-month conviction period): $100-$500 in fines and/or up to 90 days in jail
- 3rd Offense (within an 18-month conviction period): $100-$1125 in fines and/or up to 180 days in jail
Each offense carries a 5-point penalty and is likely to raise insurance premiums. Reckless driving is most often a misdemeanor, but can lead higher charges, depending on the situation.
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