The DOT recently released findings from a study conducted on left turn intersections throughout the city. The results prompted a series of planned safety improvements, focusing on particularly dangerous intersections.
One of the intersections the DOT will focus on is located in Soho, at the corner of Kenmare Street and Lafayette Street. A little over two months ago a third grader and his 14 year old brother created a video, urging Department of Transportation Commissioner Trottenberg to address signage (or lack there of) that generated confusion amongst drivers and pedestrians in the intersection. In the past five years 11 pedestrians and one cyclist have been injured in the intersection. Safety updates will include a new flashing yellow light and a delineator between left and right lanes.
Additional left turn streets in the city will likely also be considered for safety improvements.
“The DOT’s left turn study, titled “Don’t Cut Corners” revealed what most drivers and pedestrians may already know: left turns are more dangerous than right turns.
The DOT evaluated 1,105 crash reports between 2009 and 2013. The data collected revealed “‘pedestrians and bicyclists are killed or severely injured by a left-turning vehicle at over three times the rate (19%) of pedestrians and bicyclists killed or severely injured by a right-turning vehicle (6%).’ Notably, 55 percent are injured or killed by a car going straight ahead.”- The Gothamist
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