Reducing Taxi Fares When Drivers Speed, and 62 Other Proposals in the Vision Zero Report

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Police Commissioner Bill Bratton scaled down the pledge he made as recently as one month ago to increase the highway division -- the unit charged with enforcing traffic laws -- to 280 officers. Instead, the report promises just 263 officers. Likewise, in the report, the NYPD pledges its Collision Investigation Squad will expand to investigate all crashes with critical injuries, a practice that the NYPD officers have said for almost a full year they are already doing. The report does not promise to increase the number of officers on the extremely small squad charged with investigating collisions.

See also: It's Too Easy to Kill Pedestrians in New York City

(On a more encouraging note, Bratton made an about-face on his statement in January that 73 percent of pedestrians were responsible for crashes; on Tuesday he said, "70 percent of incidents involving pedestrian fatalities involve the issue of speed or failure to yield.")

Here are all 63 proposals, subdivided by the agency tasked with making each happen.

City Hall

1. Establish a permanent Vision Zero task force in the Mayor's Office of Operations

2. Launch a Vision Zero website to gather input from New Yorkers and coordinate information about the City's Vision Zero plans, upcoming events and provide data

3. Conduct Vision Zero presentations across the City

4. Publish crash and safety data on a regular basis in user-friendly format(s)

5. Partner with industry groups and vehicle manufacturers to educate fleet drivers and explore design changes to their automotive fleets

6. Lead a state legislative campaign to give the City the power over the placement of speed and red-light cameras, the power to reduce the citywide speed limit to 25mph, and
to increase the penalties associated with dangerous driver behavior

Police Department

7. Increase enforcement against dangerous moving violations, including speeding, failing to yield to pedestrians, signal violations, improper turns/disobeying signage, and phoning/texting while driving

8. Increase speeding enforcement at the precinct level

9. Purchase advanced speed detection equipment (LIDAR guns), upgrade speed detection technology available to precincts and train additional personnel

10. Increase the Highway Unit to 263 personnel

11. Expand Collision Investigation Squad cases to encompass all crashes with critical injuries.

12. Modify precinct-level traffic plans to increase focus on pedestrian

13. Update technology for capturing crash data

14. Enhance training for officers to better record and preserve crash details and site evidence

15. Broaden recruiting efforts for School Crossing Guards

Police Department +Department of Transportation

16. Conduct intensive street-level outreach and enforcement on safety problems and traffic laws, focused in areas with known crash histories

17. Convene monthly meetings of the DOT Traffic Division and the NYPD Transportation Bureau to review traffic safety performance and set strategy for improvement

18. Develop data-driven citywide enforcement strategy

19. Develop borough-wide safety plans in close coordination with community boards, community organizations, and the Mayor's Community Affairs Unit

20. Conduct targeted outreach in 500 schools each year, educating students about protecting themselves as safe pedestrians and working with their families for safer school zones

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