Tracking Progress: April 2017

Fatalities.  Through the end of April, there have been 16 traffic fatalities in Queens in 2017. Some of the neighbors we lost included:

  • Thomas Bradley Jr., 52, Pedestrian, killed January 1 on Rockaway Boulevard and South Conduit Avenue in Springfield Gardens (105th Precinct), hit and run (Times Ledger)
  • Unidentified Male Pedestrian, 65, killed on January 11 on Main Street and 58 Avenue in Flushing (109th Precinct) (Streetsblog)
  • Henry Bomiel, 67, Pedestrian, killed on January 19 on 76 Street at 37 Avenue in Jackson Heights (115th Precinct) (DNAinfo)
  • Ping Xie, 81, Pedestrian, killed on March 9th on Kissena Boulevard at Holly Avenue by truck driver failing to yield (109th Precinct) (Streetsblog)
  • Skylar Perkins, 1, baby in stroller, killed on March 23rd by driver failing to yield in a crosswalk on 23rd Avenue and 94th St, East Elmhurst (115th Precinct). (DNA Info)
  • Gelacio Reyes, 32, Cyclist, killed on April 1 on 43rd Avenue at 39th Street in Sunnyside by drunk and unlicensed driver (108th Precinct (Streetsblog)
  • Khavir Ahmed, 88, Pedestrian, killed on April 11 on 168th Place by 88th Avenue in Jamaica (103rd Precinct) (Streetsblog)

In the 12 months ending April 2017, there have been 61 overall traffic fatalities in Queens, down 34% from the 93 people killed in 2013, the Vision Zero benchmark year. Citywide, there has been a 20% decline in fatalities.

Injuries. In the 12 months ending in April 2017, there have been 2,608 pedestrians injured in Queens by motor vehicles, a decline of 7% from the Vision Zero benchmark year, 2013.  In the same time, there have been 912 injuries to cyclists, a rise of 10% since 2013. Overall, including motor vehicle occupants, there have been 17,922 people injured in motor vehicle crashes in Queens over the past year, up 15% since 2013. Citywide, there has been a 7% increase in injuries over this time. Across the city, there has been a general upswing in injuries from vehicular crashes in recent months, a pattern that is seen across every borough. Part of this is likely due to an underlying citywide increase in traffic and pedestrian activity.  But this contributing factor notwithstanding, Queens has seen the greatest percent increase in traffic-related injuries of any of the five boroughs.

Enforcement. Overall, while enforcement of speeding, red light running, and not giving right of way to pedestrians remains significantly higher than pre-Vision Zero levels, tickets issued for illegal cell phone use, an important contributor to distracted driving, remains sharply down. Overall, enforcement across all four categories in Queens is up 11% since 2013, the lowest of all of the boroughs. Citywide, enforcement is up 25%.  Back at the beginning of the school year, the city promised a surge in enforcement efforts to protect pedestrian safety.   Boroughwide, there has been an uptick in enforcement actions over the past six months.  , but the pattern is not seen in every precinct.  Communities with a significant increase in tickets issued over the past six months include the 100, 102, 105, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 114, and 115 precincts.

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