The Tri-State Transportation Campaign is using its new analysis of pedestrian fatalities to call for more and better safeguards.
NHTSA data from 2010 through 2012 found that 683 pedestrians were killed in NY’s 12 downstate counties. The addition of New Jersey and Connecticut pushes the number of fatalities to 1,236.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has begun a pedestrian safety campaign after a 420 deaths – 123 in Brooklyn, 210 in Nassau and Suffolk counties, with 16 alone on Jericho Turnpike in Suffolk.
In the Hudson Valley, Westchester County accounted for 23 fatalities, Orange, 12, Rockland, 10, Putnam, 6, and Dutchess, 2.
Already this year, Orange County has registered two pedestrian fatalities, both of them men on the way to work.
Nadine Lemmon, the Campaign’s legislative advocate in Albany, praised Gov. Cuomo’s recent commitment of $67 million to better infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists, but she said the state has more to do.
The $67 million includes $1.34 million to extend sidewalks along Route 211 in the Town of Wallkill and $745,000 toward a safe sidewalks initiative of East Main Street in Port Jervis.
The campaign is calling for use of tools such as turning lanes, pavement markings, raised medians or safety islands, sidewalks, shoulders and crosswalks in the belief that roads should serve all users.
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