Extra individuals died in New York Metropolis automobile crashes within the first six months of 2021 than the first-half of another yr since Mayor Invoice de Blasio took workplace, in keeping with a brand new report — regardless of Hizzoner’s vow to chop visitors deaths to zero.
A record-setting 124 individuals had died in visitors by way of June 30, 2021, in keeping with bicycle and pedestrian advocates at Transportation Options.
Pedestrian and motorized vehicle occupants suffered essentially the most, the group mentioned — with 64 walkers and 52 motorists killed to this point. Deadly crashes additionally took the lives of eight cyclists.
“Extra individuals are dying on Mayor de Blasio’s streets as a result of he didn’t shortly and aggressively scale the protection options of Imaginative and prescient Zero… as an alternative selecting to ship piecemeal tasks and unfulfilled guarantees,” mentioned the group’s director Danny Harris.
Could 2021 marked the deadliest month for visitors fatalities since de Blasio took workplace on January 1, 2014, in keeping with the report, which used official NYPD stats.
Hit-and-runs have been particularly dangerous, the report mentioned — with 47 within the first six months of 2021, greater than any half-year interval since cops started retaining monitor in 2015. Of these 47 instances the place drivers fled crash scenes, NYPD made simply 11 arrests, the report mentioned.
The group mentioned the mayor should “fast-track” road redesigns in his last 5 months in workplace to reallocate road area at the moment for automobiles for pedestrians and bike lanes.
Reached for remark, a Metropolis Corridor spokesman directed The Publish to de Blasio’s July 2 feedback on WNYC concerning the tragic surge in visitors deaths.
“What went unsuitable is COVID,” the mayor mentioned on the time of his “Imaginative and prescient Zero” program, which initially promised to chop visitors fatalities to zero by 2024.
The feedback echoed his repeated protection of town’s ongoing surge in gun violence.
“We noticed [Vision Zero] radically lowered crashes and accidents and deaths,” de Blasio mentioned.
“Alongside comes COVID, and similar to with our efforts to struggle violence for six years… COVID unglued all the things.”