Automated Traffic Enforcement in New York Gains Support

A new poll of all New York City voters shows that a majority of motorists support the use of automated enforcement methods rather than having the police stationed in corridors to catch those violating traffic laws. The survey, which was done by the safety advocacy group Transportation Alternatives, says 73% of motorists support this type of enforcement.

The group’s leaders said New York City “can become a global leader in street safety by investing in automated enforcement and street design.” They also said the results of this poll should be a wakeup call for city leaders that automated enforcement not only works, but has the support of voters and must be expanded in order to get closer to Vision Zero – a program started by the de Blasio administration with the ambitious goal of eliminating all traffic accident deaths by the year 2024.

The Great Need for Speed Enforcement

The newly assessed support for speed cameras and other automated enforcement tools that capture people running red lights, blocking bus lanes, bike lanes or crosswalks, shows an increase over a similar poll taken by the organization in 2016, which indicated 60% of support among motorists. The new data was collected by Siena College Research Institute and raised the question of whether or not automated enforcement should expand beyond school zones in New York City, which are state-regulated.

Advocates also say that speed safety cameras should be installed not just near and around school zones, but outside them as traffic accidents are the leading cause of injuries and death for children in New York City. Expanding the use of speed cameras is important because a vast majority of children live outside school zones where no safety cameras are present.

Advocates believe that with public opinion now siding with the use of automation, it’s a good time to begin expanding such enforcement to help curb reckless drivers. In December, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would be seeking approval from state legislators to expand the hours that speed cameras in school zones are allowed to operate to 24/7 in order to address the rampant speeding we’ve seen on city streets throughout 2020.

Crashes Caused by Reckless Drivers

Driving without regard for others’ safety is one of the main reasons car accidents occur. Speeding, distracted driving and impaired driving – cause or contribute a vast majority of fatalities and injuries in the United States. And we’ve seen a number of fatal car crashes as well as pedestrian and bicycle accidents in New York City caused by speeding drivers over the last year. Officials say this was largely due to the roadways being emptier from the coronavirus pandemic related lockdowns. Drivers who breach their duty of care to others on the roadway may be found negligent (careless) and responsible for the incident, in addition to facing criminal charges and penalties. They may also be held financially responsible for the injuries, damages and losses they cause to victims and their families.

Injured victims of car accidents can seek compensation from at-fault parties for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, etc. Families that have lost loved ones in pedestrian accidents can seek compensation for damages such as lost future income, medical and funeral costs, pain and suffering, etc.

Contacting an Experienced Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident or pedestrian accident, or if you have lost a loved one in an auto accident caused by a negligent (careless) driver, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options, and also fight hard to recover just compensation for you.

For over 49 years, our skilled accident attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims get fair compensation for their losses. Our law firm recently recovered $5,600,000 for a bicyclist who was hit by a van, and $2,550,000 for another victim of a truck accident, and $3,000,000 for a pedestrian who was hit by a car, and the full $1,000,000 insurance policy for a pedestrian who was hit by a truck, and $4,625,000 for a driver who was in a car and was hit by a van, and $2,500,000 for a man who fell through an improperly secured hole. Also, one of our clients obtained a verdict for $43,940,000 and another of our clients got a verdict for $23,500,000, both in medical malpractice cases.

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