Cars Keep Injuring Upper West Side Pedestrians, Despite NYC Crackdown

Despite the recent crackdown on pedestrian deaths and injuries at dangerous intersections around NYC, at least 14 people have been struck by drivers in the Upper West Side last month, according to police data.

The UWS has been a popular site for several recent pedestrian fatalities, including 9-year-old Cooper Stock, who was killed by a taxi driver who had failed to yield. The taxi driver did not have his license suspended following the tragic incident.

Earlier this year, the Department of Transportation proposed a number of changes to the intersection of 96th and Broadway, including limiting left hand turns, expanding pedestrian space and creating a new crosswalk. The agency also installed a speed reader on 96th between Broadway and West End. So far, the NYPD has launched a major crackdown on jaywalking, issues nearly 900% more tickets this year than last year in the same time period. But now the NYPD is saying they are shifting their efforts towards cracking down on speeding drivers.

NYPD data shows that 14 people were struck by cars in the area between February 17th and March 16th. Even through Mayor de Blasio’s efforts to decrease pedestrian fatalities through his Vision Zero plan, data shows that 28 pedestrians have been killed already in 2014.

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Source: Gothamist