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Statistics Show That Drivers Of Cars Are Often At A Fault In Pedestrians And Cyclist Accidents

Despite Mayor de Blasio’s promise to eliminate traffic fatalities, they are on the rise despite previous numbers indicating policies were having an effect. While many people have a belief that those affected most by the traffic fatalities – cyclists and pedestrians – are flouting traffic laws and darting out into the streets in front of cars, the truth may be the opposite. According to data obtained by the New York Times, cyclists and pedestrians were cited by police in accidents less than 5% of the time. Last year, at least 221 people died in traffic crashes and the New York Times reports that drivers are often to blame. 

When a person is killed in a traffic collision, police file a report based on preliminary investigation. A contributing factor is often assigned to the crash at this point. Some of the contributing factors in 2019 collisions involving pedestrians included driver inattention or distraction, failure to yield, and disregarding traffic signs. 

Pedestrian or cyclist error accounted for 8 of the 97 cases that a motor vehicle was involved. 

New legislation has been signed into law that targets reckless drivers. The new law will allow the city to seize the vehicle if a driver collects too many speeding or running red-light tickets. 

Of the 28 cyclist deaths last year, only four drivers were arrested. In many cases, as long as the driver is not intoxicated and stays at the scene, they rarely face any serious consequences.

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