Fatalities. There were nine traffic fatalities in Queens in April, including six vehicle occupants, one cyclist, and two pedestrians. At least two people were killed by hit-and-run drivers: a 61-year-old pedestrian on April 1st in Flushing, and Mohamed Ali, an 88-year-old cyclist on April 16th in South Ozone Park. In the 12 months ending April 2015, there have been 85 overall traffic fatalities in Queens, down 9% from the 93 people killed in 2013, the Vision Zero benchmark year. Citywide, there has been a 17% decline in fatalities.
Injuries. In the 12 months ending in April 2015, there have been 2,454 pedestrians injured in Queens by motor vehicles, a decline of 12% from the Vision Zero benchmark year, 2013. In the same time, there have been 798 injuries to cyclists, a reduction of 3% since 2013. Overall, including motor vehicle occupants, there have been 14,703 people injured in motor vehicle crashes in Queens over the past year, down 5% since 2013. Citiwide, there has been a 9% reduction in injuries.
Enforcement. Across Queens, several NYPD stepped up enforcement actions against speeding this month. Highlights of Vision Zero enforcement in April included citations for failure to yield right of way to pedestrians by the 102nd Precinct, speeding in the 105th Precinct, and red light running in the 108th Precinct.
But the overall trend is that Vision Zero traffic enforcement against drivers who speed, run red lights, and fail to yield to pedestrians appears to have peaked in Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island, and may even be on the decline (enforcement in Manhattan and the Bronx continues to rise). Enforcement actions against drivers using handheld cell phones continue to decline sharply. Given the very modest progress that has been made so far in reducing traffic fatalities and injuries, we’re hoping that NYPD can reinvigorate enforcement on all four of these categories before school lets out for the summer.