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.”
The study observed driver behavior at fifty random intersections through New York City. Each intersection was studied for two hours, and the study took into account the actions of approximately 4,300 motorists.
The findings of the study were staggering. Drivers on single lane roads ran red lights at a rate of 6.7 percent of the time. Drivers on four lane streets ran red lights at 16.7 percent of the time. Nearly 1 in 10 drivers in New York City run red lights. The results of the study were consistent across gender, finding that men and women ran red lights with the same frequency.
These findings are significant in the face of New York City’s effort to reduce traffic accidents and pedestrian fatalities through Mayor DiBlasio’s Vision Zero program.
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