Early Sunset Behind Fatal Traffic Injuries In Shopping Season
According to Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, the spike in deadly car rashes was due to early sunsets in holiday season. He said that people were out for different activities but early sunsets were creating problems.
Press conference on traffic related injuries and fatalities
DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg was speaking to the media ta press conference in Long Island City on Monday. He squarely said traffic-related injuries had increased due to Hanukkah and Christmas shopping. Also, there were more delivery box trucks on the street. He stressed that the shopping rush and short daylight had increased the traffic fatalities citywide but for the first time in six years.
Data about traffic injuries and fatalities
A total of six pedestrians lost their lives in three days from Wednesday to Friday in traffic collisions in Queens, Manhattan and Brooklyn. In one of the accidents, Zhisheng Lin (67) lost his live after being hit by a driver who was trying to turn his vehicle into a parking garage on 18th December. Lin had head injuries and he died the next day.
Also, there was a sharp increase in the death of cyclists in traffic related injuries. More cyclists lost their lives in 2019 since 2000. Brooklyn recorded maximum fatal injuries to cyclists followed by Queens where 816 cyclist injuries happened between 1st Jan to 15th Dec according to NYPD data.
DOT Commissioner Trottenberg said that Queens streets were the second safest they had been since the city launched its Vision Zero program in 2014. The program aims to eliminate traffic deaths citywide by 2024.