One would assume that if the laws weren’t enough to prevent a driver from fleeing the scene of a pedestrian knockdown than human compassion would be enough but sadly this isn’t the case.
In 2015 far too many lives ended prematurely as a result of pedestrian knockdowns. Thousands more were injured.
So what are city and state officials doing to make New York safer for pedestrians and cyclists?
In addition to updating designs to certain intersections and roadways that are known high risk areas (like Northern Boulevard) drivers who fail to abide by the laws will now have to pay spiked fines.
First time hit and run offenders will now face fees up to $10,000. Repeat offenders will face fees up to $20,000.
If knowingly breaking the law doesn’t stop hit and run drivers, if compassion for the injured victim doesn’t stop hit and run drivers, will increased fines?
What do you think? Share your thoughts!