Here’s our summary of precinct-by-precinct Vision Zero progress in Queens through October. This month, we added summaries for the other boroughs as well.
Boroughwide there have been about 2,764 ped/cyclist injuries and fatalities so far this year, about 5.1% less than the average from the previous two years. Citywide, pedestrian and cyclist injuries and fatalities are down 5.7% from the average of the two previous years. In five Queens precincts (104, 109, 110, 111, and 115) ped/cyclist injuries and fatalities are down by more than 10%. The greatest improvement has been the 21% drop in ped/cyclist injuries/fatalities in the 111th Precinct (Bayside).
In addition, there have been about 9,658 injuries and fatalities among motorists and passengers in Queens, about 6.6% lower than the average from the previous two years. This figure has fallen by 7.8% citywide. Nine Queens precincts (100, 103, 104, 105, 107, 109, 110, 111, and 115) have seen reductions of 10% or more. The greatest improvement has been the 22% drop in vehicle occupant injuries/fatalities in the 110th Precinct (Corona/Elmhurst).
Traffic enforcement rates in Queens continue to be strong:
- Tickets for red light running (failure to stop at signal) in Queens are running 33% higher than the average for the previous two years (citiwide tickets are running 39% higher). With a 103% increase over previous years, the 104th Precinct (Glendale/Ridgewood/Maspeth) has shown the greatest increase in enforcement effort of any precinct in Queens.
- Tickets for speeding in Queens are up about 55% from the average over the previous two years (citywide, these tickets are up 48%). This excludes speed camera violations in school zones, which are new this year and growing rapidly as more cameras are deployed. The greatest increase in speeding enforcement has been in the 104th Precinct, which has increased by 323% over the average of the previous two years.
- Tickets for Failure to Yield to Pedestrians, have grown 152% in Queens and 167% citywide. Enforcement has improved most notably in the 113th Precinct (Jamaica), where it has increased by 736% over the previous two years.
- Enforcement against illegal cell phone use while driving remains very low — 26% lower than the previous two years in Queens, and 20% lower citywide. The 102nd and 103rd precincts are the only ones in Queens with higher enforcement levels in 2014 than in 2012-13.
Queens continues to lead the city as a whole in terms of increasing enforcement against speeding. It lags the city as a whole in terms of reducing traffic injuries, enforcing failure to stop at signals, failure to yield to pedestrians, and driving while using cell phones.
As before, we recommend against drawing strong connections about changes in injury rates. Vision Zero is about changing the culture. Enforcement, education, and engineering changes will take time to translate into safer behavior. Also, the precincts are starting at different baseline levels of enforcement and injury rates, and they’re doing a lot of hard work on driver education that doesn’t translate directly into tickets issued. We’re tracking progress, but believe we should allow more time before we start drawing conclusions.
Keeping in mind that the precincts are all starting from different baselines, here are the precincts that are leading the way, relative to their averages for 2012 and 2013: