Andrew Gounardes

Andrew Gounardes for State Senate

Last year, 57 Brooklyn families lost loved ones to traffic crashes in Brooklyn, more than any other borough. While the rest of the city has seen pedestrian deaths decline, Brooklyn fatalities in 2017 were up nearly 12 percent. This is unacceptable. Brooklyn is first in many things – but pedestrian deaths should not be one them.

My plan to prioritize pedestrian safety includes:

  • Fighting for speed cameras in every school zone, because speed cameras save lives. Speeding is one of the leading causes of traffic deaths, and in areas with speed cameras, speeding has declined by 63 percent … yet with 2,000 schools and 6,000 miles of street in New York City, Albany only allows the City to operate 140 speed cameras. I’ll change that.
  • Accelerating road redesign so that pedestrians and bike riders have safe spaces to walk and ride. By forcefully advocating DOT to speed up the Vision Zero plan, I will make sure our neighborhood installs protective features at our most high-risk corridors and intersections.
  • Protecting our most vulnerable citizens by expediting pedestrian ramp construction. Raised curbs and broken sidewalk ramps put seniors and people with mobility issues at risk, and they limit the number of accessible pathways. It’s been 28 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act passed. I’ll make sure New York honors it.
  • Holding dangerous drivers accountable by suspending licenses for dangerous drivers with multiple violations so they can’t get back behind the wheel.
  • Increasing traffic enforcement so that dangerous drivers are held accountable. Unpredictable driving behavior such as speeding, running red lights, pulling illegal U-turns, and double parking puts pedestrians, cyclists, and other drivers at risk.
  • Requiring driving refreshers or defensive driving courses with every license renewal. By making these courses mandatory (they’re currently optional), we can ensure that drivers stay educated — and safe — throughout their lives behind the wheel.
  • Creating a “Safe Routes to Parks” program. No one should stay away from parks because of pedestrian safety concerns. I’ll work to enhance safety features on all roadways abutting parks so that people can get to and from them safely.

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