Better safeguards for
pedestrians are being urged by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign after reviewing
it's analysis of pedestrian fatalities.
The advocacy organization analyzed National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
data from 2010-2012. The data showed that there were 1,236 pedestrian
fatalities between New Jersey, Conneticut and New York's 12 downstate
counties, 683 of them in New York. While that number is six less than
last year, it still inspired advocates to take precautions.
New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasto began a safety campaign last month
after the realization that 420 pedestrian lives were claimed in the Big
Apple last year alone.
Governor Andrew Cuomo committed $67 million to better infrastructure for
pedestrians and bicyclists. Some of the pedestrian and bicyclist friendly
tools that are being implemented are pavement markings, turning lanes,
safety islands or raised medians, shoulders, sidewalks and crosswalks.