This year, New Yorkers endured a winter that overstayed its welcome with frigid temperatures and snowfall well into April. But while Mayor de Blasio sympathizes with the pent-up desire to enjoy warmer weather, he wants New York City drivers to know that fair conditions are no excuse for dangerous driving. As part of the Vision Zero initiative, the mayor and the NYPD are introducing Warm Weather Weekends, an enforcement program to counteract the annual surge in motor vehicle accidents during the spring.
The Warm Weather Weekends program grew out of a Department of Transportation analysis of crash data at certain times of the years. The eye-opening findings included:
- The weekend rates of people killed or seriously injured (KSI) in traffic rises in March and peaks in June.
- Weekend KSI for car drivers and passengers in April is 41 percent higher than in winter.
- Weekend KSI for motorcyclists in April is 88 percent higher than in winter.
As personal injury attorneys who manage car crash litigation throughout the five boroughs, we are not surprised by these findings. The first hint of warm weather means people are getting out more, and that includes young drivers who’ve just gotten their licenses.
Proponents of Warm Weather Weekends emphasized the importance of pedestrian safety to the quality of life in New York City. “Lower Manhattan is a walking neighborhood,” said Assembly Member Yuh-Line Niou, “and there’s a lot to experience here on foot. From local shops on the Lower East Side to restaurants in Chinatown, it’s important that both pedestrians and motorists have a safe experience as the weather gets warmer.”
Vision Zero is on a winning streak with the fourth consecutive years of declining traffic deaths, including a 29 percent one-year decline in pedestrian fatalities. In fact, the number of pedestrian deaths in New York City in 2017 was the lowest since 1910. But 2017 was marred by increases in bicyclist, motorcyclist and motor vehicle fatalities, providing the impetus for Warm Weather Weekends.
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