Despite the Mayor's Vision Zero initiative, New York City continues to be plagued by drivers running red lights and causing injuries and deaths in motor vehicle accidents and pedestrian knockdowns. While the New York City Department of Transportation reports that the average red light infractions captured by red light cameras has decreased by 85 percent since 1994, the number of infractions is still staggering.
On September 25, 2012, new laws were established in the state of New York that introduced significantly harsher penalties for those with multiple alcohol or drugged-driving related convictions or incidents. Over the last 3 years, these new laws have clearly made a significant impact. Recently, the New York Post has reported that, since the stricter regulations became law back in 2012, the New York Department of Motor Vehicles has lifted 7,521 licenses, with nearly 4,000 of those being lost permanently.
As the temperature climbs in New York City, so do incidents of aggressive driving and road rage. A recent study examined the habits of drivers in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens over a six week period in April and May of this year. The study was entitled "For Many New York City Motorists a Red Light Does Not Mean Stop."