NYC Council to Vote on Traffic Safety Legislation

The New York City Council is set to vote on 17 bills and resolutions that complement Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero plan. The goal is to make the streets of New York City safer and decrease the number of pedestrian fatalities. Last year, 286 people were killed in traffic accidents in New York City.

In addition to a focus on pedestrian safety, a mandate to fix all broken traffic signals within 24 hours will also be implemented. Along with this will come the emphasis on stricter regulations on taxi drivers and tougher penalties on motorists who do not yield to pedestrians or bicyclists who have the right of way.

“We want to change the culture of how drivers, pedestrians and cyclists interact,” said Council member Ydanis Rodriguez, who chairs the council’s transportation committee. “If a car causes an accident, I believe it’s something that we can control.”

All measures are expected o pass the heavily Democratic council, which has held public hearings in all five boroughs. However, approval from the state Legislature is required for efforts such as giving the city control over an expanded program of speed cameras and red light cameras and a measure to enforce tougher penalties on infractions like leaving the scene of an accident.

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