Today’s Headlines

  • De Blasio Budget Has $250 Million for Street Reconstruction (AP)
  • Sidewalk Driver Who Killed 9-Year-Old Pleads Guilty, Avoids Prison, Loses License for 5 Years (News)
  • Unlicensed Driver Who Killed 4-Year-Old Must Choose Either 9 Years in Jail or a Trial (Post, News)
  • More Coverage of Tri-State’s Dangerous Roads Report From News, Newsday, News 12, WCBS, AMNY
  • Bus Drivers Comprise a Quarter of the 22 Right-of-Way Charges NYPD Has Filed Since August (DNA)
  • Lawmakers, Contractors Want Settlement Cash for Roads, Bridges; Cuomo Calls It “Pork” (TU, Capital)
  • Instead, State Will Issue Its First General Obligation Bonds in Two Years to Fund Roads (Bloomberg)
  • Sorry John Oliver, the Tappan Zee May Be Old But It Isn’t Going to Fall Down Any Day Now (LoHud)
  • DOT Looks at Changing Truck Routes Near Greenwood Cemetery (South Slope News)
  • Bayside Community Board Opposes Parking Lot Proposed for Small Patch of Woods (Queens Courier)
  • Citi Bike Rebalanced 28 Percent More Bikes This January Than It Did Last Year (bikeshareNYC)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • J

    Whoa, deBlasio seem to finally be putting his money where his mouth is. $250 million dollars could go a long long way to creating better streets.

    That said, you can spend a lot of money on street improvements and not do very much if you don’t spend the political capital to support the most significant changes.

    For example, the $100 million for Queens Boulevard could be spent repaving every square inch and replacing all sidewalks, street lights and signals. Politically this would be easy, but it would change very little for the money. OR, the money could create a BRT system, protected bike lanes, and dramatically safer pedestrian crossings. Politically, this would be more challenging, but it would result in a dramatically safer and more efficient street.

  • Something that I myself missed yesterday, “The New Jersey woman behind the wheel in a Monday car crash (in Staten Island) that claimed the life of her grandmother had her license suspended because she was convicted of dealing drugs, the Advance has learned”.

    http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2015/03/driver_in_fatal_todt_hill_wrec.html#incart_m-rpt-1

  • dporpentine

    Actual quote from the mother of Ariel Russo’s killer:
    “He’s innocent! He didn’t do anything!” Lilia Reyes screamed as she and her family were escorted to the elevators.

    This level of denial only seems possible in a windshield culture, where the word “accident” is a magic dust to be sprinkled over all traffic violence to make the decisions that led to it disappear.

  • nanter

    “He added that appellate courts have placed a high bar on vehicular cases, ruling a guilty driver must be “morally blameworthy,” not just negligent.”

    That’s a pretty chilling statement. It carves out a special category in criminal law whereby negligence resulting in death while piloting an automobile is not considered criminal, while in other cases of negligence (e.g. other weapons) “moral blameworthiness” only reflects on intent and affects the severity of charges, not whether criminal culpability exists at all!

  • Jeff

    Is $250MM a lot?

  • BBnet3000

    In a lot of places yes, in New York no.

  • BBnet3000

    Apparently negligence is no longer “morally blameworthy”. Shit parents and shit drivers rejoice!

  • JudenChino

    I remember when they spent like $10M extra to fill in pot holes because of a particularly bad winter and that amount = all amounts spent on bike lanes for the year.

  • JudenChino

    Right, negligence resulting in death is morally blameworthy. You were negligent. You weren’t evil. But you fucked up in a way that the reasonable person would not have, and for that, someone is dead and you in part bear moral blame for that death.

  • J_12

    basically this means that for someone driving a car, prosecution must prove they DID know their actions were unsafe, not just that a reasonable person SHOULD HAVE known. It’s a much more difficult standard, as proving state of mind is quite difficult, especially when in most cases there are no other witnesses, or if there are they are the passengers in the car.
    This is why the lack of consequences for dangerous drivers is more of a legislative problem than it is an enforcement problem. Cops and DAs will not was their time on arrests and cases that have no chance of resulting in a conviction.