Today’s Headlines

  • Turning Driver Kills Margarita Seda, 80, on Grand Street in Williamsburg; No Charges (News, WCBS)
  • Man Driving Stolen Truck Rams MTA Bus on 14th Street, Killing Driver (News, DNA)
  • CapNY Reports From Gale Brewer’s Vision Zero Meeting With TA and Manhattan CB Leaders
  • New Federal Enviro Review Exemptions Could Speed Bike-Ped, BRT, Road Widenings (MTR)
  • DOT Proposes Another Round of Safety Tweaks at Car-Clogged Bowery and Delancey (Bowery Boogie)
  • After Bensonhurst Fender-Bender, One Motorist Slashes Another’s Face Before Fleeing (Bklyn Paper)
  • Fernando Mateo: “If You Take Someone’s Life Because of Your Carelessness, You Should Pay” (WCBS)
  • Staten Island Speeders Rejoice: DOT Shuts Down Camera After Advance Says It’s Outside School Zone
  • UES Waste Facility Opponents Ramp Up Their Pressure on de Blasio (News)
  • Left Your Car Stored on the Street for Days or Weeks? Might as Well Keep It There, WABC Says
  • There Are Lots of Ways to Calculate the Region’s Most Dangerous Streets for Pedestrians (Cap’n Transit)

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  • Robert Wright

    Explain it to me again. The driver who killed the woman in Williamsburg is hit with tickets for failure to yield and failure to exercise due care and, although he has ended another person’s life, that’s the extent of the charges? What bit of the point of New York’s having a vehicular homicide law am I missing?

  • com63

    In the daily news article about the bus accident, it is interesting that they drew some arrows in the fourth picture to describe what they think happened. I wish this type of attempt at basic forensics to figure out what happened was a standard part of reporting on vehicle crashes by major news outlets. I think doing this for all crashes (such as the the turning driver in williamsburg) would illustrate just how reckless some drivers are in these accidents. I think this would also provide some ammo to reduce the 80% of pedestrians were at fault claims that have been going around recently.

  • fgh

    What’s the streetsblog position on the marine transfer facility ?

  • afk

    “And $1,000 should just be a warning because if you take someone’s life because of your carelessness, you should pay for it,” said Mateo. “We don’t want to wait until we’re burying a few people, we want to do it now.”

    Doesn’t sound like the Mateo I know.

    New York City taxi drivers have called on lawmakers to impose fines for drivers who don’t clear snow and ice from the top of their car.

    “Trucks, buses, vans, SUVs and cars are basically blowing frozen ice,” New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers spokesman Fernando Mateo said. “When you’re going 40, 50, 60 miles an hour on a highway and that ice hits your windshield, it could basically cause a fatality.”

    Now it does.

  • sbauman

    A quick check on Google Maps shows there are two schools within 1/4 mile of S.I. speed camera. The problem isn’t the distance from the either school or the likelihood school kids need to cross Hylan Blv at Burbank Ave to get to/from school. The problem is in the statute’s restrictive wording:

    “4. “school speed zone” shall mean a distance not to exceed one
    thousand three hundred twenty feet on a highway passing a school
    building, entrance or exit of a school abutting on the highway.”

    Neither school is on Hylan or Burbank. They are one block removed from Hylan
    on streets that are not as busy. Burbank Ave is between both schools. Two
    speed cameras on Hylan at the side streets of both schools would comply with
    the letter of the statute.

  • Mark

    Hylan Blvd is THE major arterial route through that area. It’s the antithesis of a school zone/slow zone street. Rather, its the type of road you try to get through traffic onto so that it isn’t on residential or school zone streets. The camera would encourage people to zoom through side streets to avoid the arterial built to handle the high volume, and slightly higher speed.

    If this is really about safety, the cameras will go in places which interact with the schools much more heavily than Hylan.

  • afk

    And what about children who have to cross Hylan, they don’t matter? Add some speed bumps on Clawson and Edison, and cars will still drive down Hylan. So this adds less that one minute to their drive, is that such a steep price to pay?

  • SI

    ‘Ms. Savino voted in favor of allowing the city to use speed cameras, but told the Advance the location of this one clearly violation the intention of lawmakers — to put cameras in spots where children are at risk of being injured by speeders.’

    Children aren’t at risk on Hylan? Why not?

  • sbauman

    “If this is really about safety, the cameras will go in places which interact with the schools much more heavily than Hylan.”

    The vast majority of recent accidents have occurred on arterial roadways like Hylan Blv, Northern Blv, Queens Blv, Delancy Street, etc. In the near vicinity of these two schools, the roadways along the schools streets averaged less than 0.1 collision per month. Hylan Blvd intersections averaged more than 0.5 collisions per month.

  • Mark

    And I’d be willing to bet that there was significantly more than 5 times as much traffic on Hylan, so I’m not sure that that figure is so helpful.

    If you make everything a school zone or slow zone, people will get desensitized and ignore them.

  • Mark

    Of course they do. There are 3 signalized intersections in the area we are talking about between New Dorp Lane and Bryant Ave.

    Presuming the cars stop at the lights, (which they do, especially since the red light camera there remains in place) their speed the rest of the time is somewhat less relevant.

    Additionally, crossing guards are posted there for when school starts and ends, and NYPD traffic agents are normally at New Dorp Lane directing traffic as well.

    The area has a lot going for it already without wasting a camera on it, especially since traffic probably can’t get up to 45 to get the ticket during the day anyway.

  • afk

    If a crosswalk is enough protection then why have speed cameras at all? If you don’t think cars speed down Hylan you’ve either never been on the road or never paid attention. Tickets were issued to drivers by that camera already, proving that. They are in the process of being voided, and any fines paid will be returned according to SI advance.