Signs of tension erupted on the Upper West Side Tuesday, as a pedestrian set up signs protesting a police initiative targeting pedestrians following a series of traffic deaths.
The city currently does not post signs in an effort to deter drivers from running reds at all times. Violators caught running a light on one of the cameras are mailed a ticket.
The various traffic violations made by his caravan last Thursday came just two days after de Blasio unveiled his “Vision Zero” pedestrian safety plan, which involves lowering the speed limit and more rigorous enforcement of traffic laws.
Mayor Bill de Blasio pitched his “Vision Zero” plan as an aggressive crack down on speeding and other traffic violations in an effort to reduce fatalities in New York City.
Members of a new group called ‘Families For Safer Streets’ gathered on the steps outside of city hall on Sunday afternoon.
Police Commissioner William Bratton defended Mayor Bill de Blasio’s security detail, which is operated by police, saying the officers did “what they’re trained to do.”
Since announcing his “Vision Zero” initiative last month, Mayor Bill de Blasio said an interagency task force has worked to develop new strategies to make streets safer.
Starting Thursday, the city will begin issuing $50 fines to drivers caught on camera going 10 miles per hour over the limit.