A new study by the NYC DOT takes a much closer look at the correlation between left turning traffic and fatal bicycle accidents in New York City. Between 2010 and 2014 there were just over 800 pedestrian and cyclists fatalities in New York. 108 of the victims were killed by left turning traffic-almost 13% of all the pedestrian and cyclists fatalities in New York.
The second bus accident in New York City in as many months has claimed the life of a 75-year old Bronx native. The woman was struck and killed by a City bus early this month as she was crossing the street. The accident occurred at the corner of 74th street and Broadway in Elmhurst at around 6 PM on February 3rd. The bus was making a left turn onto Broadway when the woman, Gloria Mabry, was struck by the rear of the bus and trapped under the rear wheels.
Earlier this week the New York City Department of Transportation released data showing a dramatic increase in the number of fatal car accidents involving drivers who were speeding. In 2012 there were 81 speeding-related fatalities, up from 49 such fatalities in 2011. Of all traffic deaths in the City last year, nearly 1/3 of them involved speeding.
In a letter to the City Council, New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly outlined changes to the police department's crash scene investigation protocol. In his letter, dated March 4th, Commissioner Kelly explains that the City is expanding the criteria it uses to determine whether to dispatch its special investigative unit to the scene of a traffic crash.