Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled the specifics of his plan aimed at reducing traffic-related fatalities throughout the City.
The Mayor’s “Vision Zero” plan will greatly overhaul street signs and traffic enforcement as well as increase the use of speed and red light cameras in the five Boroughs.
De Blasio said the plan will hopefully protect children and adults alike from future traffic-related deaths.
“We refuse to accept the loss of children, parents and neighbors as inevitable. We are focusing the full weight of city government to prevent fatalities on our streets. This will add up to much more than changing intersections or issuing violations. It’s about each of us taking greater responsibility every time we get behind the wheel or step out on the street,” he said.
Some highlights of the plan include increased enforcement of speeding violations by the NYPD, decreasing the citywide speed limit from 30 miles per hour to 25, making safety enhancements at 50 locations each year and implementing more neighborhood “slow zones.”
“A life lost is a life lost—and it is our job to protect New Yorkers, whether it is from violent crime or from a fatal collision on our streets. We are going to use every tool we have—and push to get the additional tools we need—to prevent the needless loss of life,” Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said.
De Blasio said “Vision Zero” has the City Council’s support, but reducing the citywide speed limit will require Albany’s approval.