Speeding: Number One Cause of New York City Car Accidents

Most New Yorkers like to get from point A to point B as quickly as possible, even if this means speeding. People choosing to speed rarely think about the potentially fatal consequences. In an effort to bring more awareness to the issue, and prevent car accidents due to speeding, Mayor Bloomberg supported a bill to install speed cameras across the city.

Speeding is a frequent cause of both car accidents and pedestrian accidents. According to the New York Times, last year 243 people lost their lives in New York City motor vehicle accidents. The number one cause of fatal car accidents in New York City is speeding, according to the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy.

In an effort to stop speeding, Mayor Bloomberg supported legislation to install between 20 and 40 speed cameras throughout the city in order to identify and fine speeding motorists. Although such bills had failed in previous years, this time the measure seemed to have increased support. In the end, however, the legislation failed to pass.

Disappointed with the legislature’s failure to pass the bill, Mayor Bloomberg is now looking for other options to slow drivers down. When he spoke on a radio program last week he suggested using the cameras to publicly shame people who speed, taking and posting their pictures in public areas. Although a creative attempt to address the problem, some doubt public shaming for speeding would be much of a deterrent.

Even if there is not any further action by legislators or Mayor Bloomberg on the issue of speeding, New Yorkers can take it upon themselves to slow down in effort to prevent car accidents. It is not worth jeopardizing your safety and the safety of others on the road just to get somewhere a few minutes sooner.

Source: Edmunds Inside Line, “Public Shaming May Be Next Tactic Against Speeders in Big Apple,” Julie Halpert, June 28, 2012.