“There were doctors all over her, giving her IVs and this and that,” Reginald Moise, the father of one of the victims, told the New York Post. “I was very upset. I told him it was stupid and I didn’t understand. He told me, ‘That’s Mayor de Blasio’s no-tolerance policy.'”New York police officers quadrupled the number of jaywalking citations they wrote between 2013 and 2014 as part of the city’s ambitious plans to eradicate traffic deaths within its borders by 2024. Approximately 2,000 were issued last year, according to city records. Increased enforcement is one of the lynchpins of the plan, called Vision Zero and modeled after a Swedish strategy to end traffic deaths with a comprehensive overhaul of traffic laws, road design, education and, yes, stricter rules.New York, which will host a traffic-safety symposium as part of its annual auto-show festivities this week, is more prone than most places to pedestrian deaths. Although they comprise only 14 percent of all traffic fatalities nationwide, pedestrians were 58 percent of NYC’s death toll between 2011 and 2013, according to city records. Last year, pedestrians accounted for 144 of 269 traffic fatalities, according to a public-radio project called “Mean Streets,” which tracked… Read full this story
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