Today’s Headlines

  • Omri

    The charge ought to be attempted murder, not just leaving the scene of the incident. Looks like there is need to keep the pressure up on the DA’s office.

  • Larry Littlefield

    On Times Square, one of the obvious effects of the blockages is the decline in motor vehicle traffic further down on Broadway. Traffic is much ligher all the way down to Soho. Despite the fact that no one is preventing anyone from driving TO Broadway south of Herald Square.

    What that shows is just how much of the traffic on Broadway has been through traffic, which helps local businesses not at all.

    And 5th Avenue Brooklyn merchants take note: the Paper says bike lanes should be removed from 5th Avenue to make it a better through route for heavy traffic, not to make it easier for people to drive to 5th Avenue to park. How about removing all the parking on the Avenue and making it a multi-lane through-truck route while you’re at it?

  • Info request:

    Mark Green was outside my building yesterday collecting ballot signatures for his run for Public Advocate and I asked him if I could give him an earful about my big issue.

    I said that that if he wins, I hope he will make an issue out of how motorists pretty much by default get off scot free and are allowed to drive away after injuring or killing pedestrians, as long as they’re sober and don’t flee.

    I pointed out how even though non-car occupants (i.e., “the Public!”) generally outnumber car occupants by about 2:1 at any given moment in NYC, the cops and DAs generally don’t charge drivers who have hurt peds. I said the common refrain–that if a driver’s sober, and stays on the scene, he generally will not even get a ticket, much less face criminal charges.

    Here’s the telling thing–not just telling about Green, but indicative, I think, of the general culture of our public officials: despite all Green’s knowledge of what regular New Yorkers go through, he was very incredulous about my claim. He said, “well, if the pedestrian has right of way…” as if to continue, I think, with “then the driver will get charged”–but I admit I interrupted him to say “no, not even then.”

    My problem was that although I could have rattled off one or two real cases where that happened, and I believe my claim is true, I did not have any numbers to throw at him off the top of my head. So that’s what I’m asking for here–what are some fairly concise facts and figures I can show him when I send him a follow up note reminding him that traffic justice should be a big priority of the candidates for Public Advocate?

    I know I can gather some cogent facts here myself, but I’d like to hear from others in case you all have some good ones I might miss.

    I like Mark Green (I mentioned how I had voted for him in 2001 (he said he had too) but like with the DA race, I’d love to see traffic justice become an actual point of competition between the candidates for Public Advocate, and for me, that will probably be the biggest issue that determines my vote. One other candidate I know is running is Queens CM Eric Gioia, who I also like. But I’d love to see all the candidates try to “out-traffic justice” each other.

    Okay, what should be Exhibits A, B, and C as I write to him on this subject?

  • To help ddartley, maybe streetsblog can create a traffic justice page, where it collects the many individual stories that have been posted on streetsblog about this issue.

  • ddartley

    Thanks Charles. Because of your comment I looked and now see that Streetsblog does have a “traffic justice” Category, as well as one for “traffic enforcement.” Two obvious places to start looking.

    But I should have also asked–are there any obvious recent articles–not just fact/figures floating around that analyze the issue that I’m just not thinking of?