Last week, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas participated in a “Vision Zero” pedestrian safety workshop in conjunction with fellow elected officials and area civic leaders. The workshop comes on the heels of an alarming hit-and run incident which left a 19-year-old hospitalized with serious injuries in Astoria last weekend.
“This weekend’s accident is tragic, unacceptable, and indicative of the continued need to improve pedestrian safety across our city,” Simotas said. “The Vision Zero initiative and its workshops are just one step we can take to educate local residents and provide an open forum to identify dangerous locations and propose permanent solutions.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero program combines stronger enforcement policies and improved roadway engineering with public input and visibility campaigns to discourage dangerous behavior on city streets. The plan’s ultimate goal is to cut pedestrian deaths across New York City to zero.
Simotas is also a co-sponsor of Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell’s legislation to reduce New York City’s speed limit to 20 miles per hour. The speed at which a motorist is driving correlates strongly with the likelihood that an accident with a pedestrian will be fatal.
“We need to be doing all we can to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities resulting from unsafe road conditions and dangerous driving behavior,” Simotas said. “For the many families, senior citizens, and young children in our community, safe streets are non-negotiable.”