ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — According to the Governor’s Office, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that police agencies across New York State issued 1,285 tickets and 1,416 warnings to drivers and pedestrians as the result of a pedestrian safety enforcement campaign.
The two-week campaign ran from June 20 through July 3 of this year as part of a comprehensive pedestrian safety initiative. Police agencies across New York and Long Island patrolled pedestrian walkways. They handed out warning notices and tickets to drivers and pedestrians found violating the law.
“This multi-pronged effort is setting new standards that will help make our roadways safer for motorists and pedestrians alike,” Gov. Cuomo said. “I commend the law enforcement agencies in these 26 counties for partnering with us in this important initiative, and for their continued vigilance and tireless work to protect all New Yorkers.”
The safety education campaign emphasizes a “See! Be Seen!” message to raise driver and pedestrian awareness.
The Governor’s Office says the multi-agency approach to improving pedestrian safety calls for the following:
- The State Department of Transportation will work to minimize the potential for pedestrian crashes by implementing low-cost countermeasures at 2,000 crosswalks without traffic signals and 2,400 signalized intersections.
- The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee will provide education for law enforcement and organize annual pedestrian safety law enforcement blitzes.
- The State Department of Health will develop public service announcements, engage local traffic safety boards, schools and others in public outreach, and provide training for safety organizations.
The initiative, which is implemented by the State Department of Transportation, Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and State Department of Health, includes an in-depth Pedestrian Safety Action Plan. The Governor’s Office says that data analysis found that approximately 300 pedestrians are killed and 15,000 are injured by vehicles each year in New York State.
For more information, visit Governor Cuomo’s new pedestrian safety website at: www.ny.gov/pedsafety