Report: Children In Low-Income Areas More Likely To Be Struck By Cars

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A new report from the group Transportation Alternatives suggests pedestrian crashes occur more frequently in low-income communities and children in those areas are most at risk.

The report, which focused on neighborhoods on Manhattan’s East Side, found that children are most often struck by drivers near public housing.

The report comes less than a week after a 12-year-old girl was struck and killed by a minivan on Delancey Street.

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A pedestrian or bicycle crash victim in East Harlem is over three times more likely to be a child than in the neighboring Upper East Side, according to the report.

The deadliest intersection for child crashes in all of Manhattan is in East Harlem, at East 125th Street and Lexington Avenue, according to the report.

“We need immediate action to address dangerous driving habits and must improve traffic patterns in high risk areas,” City Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito said.

“Streets are public spaces that belong to everyone and should be safe for everyone,” said Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives. “The NYPD must protect these children and hold dangerous drivers accountable.”

Viverito suggests implementing an educational program promoting safe and responsible driving and a campaign within the community to raise a level of awareness among pedestrians.

  • Margot

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  • Anne

    Hold dangerous driver’s accountable? How about holding neglectful parents accountable?

    I work for an insurance company, and I cannot tell you how many 4-7 year olds are hit by cars because they are out playing WITHOUT parental supervision. Sometimes, they are with a 10 year old who was “watching” them. These children run right out into the road in front of RESPONSIBLE drivers. It’s horrible to see these children injured, but where are their parents?

    • Al Cinamon

      Absolutely false. If a driver hits a child, that driver is not a “responsible” motorist. That driver is reckless! I bet the drivers you refer to never heard of the “basic speed law.” I bet you haven’t either. It says that if conditions are such that you cannot drive at the speed limit then you mustn’t drive at the speed limit. I bet these so-called responsible drivers were at the speed limit or above, never taking into account that children were playing nearby. That’s a condition covered by the basic speed law. You ask where are the parents. I ask where is the driver’s foot? On the gas or on the brake? Not until drivers are held accountable for their irresponsibility, the carnage will continue. And as long as their apologists like you, they probably never will be held accountable.

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