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There are times when double parking actually does serve a purpose, to wit, picking up or discharging an elderly person with limited mobility, loading or unloading materials, discharging small children, etc. Not every person that double parks does so because they are lazy. Judge not, and all that jazz..
I think it's comical the hatred that so many on this board have for autos. I guess they never ride in them because if they do then they're all hypocrites. But no matter what, they'll all take at least one ride unless they're having a bicyclist pull their coffins to the cemetery or crematorium.
@newguy88, I get where you're coming from, however I'm extremely sensitive to this after sitting for my godchild who suffers from hemophilia. During the two weeks that I was responsible for him I had to take him for an emergency infusion after a bleed and upon returning to the house, was screamed at by someone walking by that I was breaking the law when I stopped next to parked cars to give him the opportunity to get out and go upstairs to rest. As an otherwise healthy-looking teen, he told me to ignore them, that he's used to people not thinking he's sick. Just because you don't see a reason, doesn't mean that a valid one doesn't exist.
@wirenut Theproblem with addressing driver training is that it follows squarely under thestate's authority. For this reason alone I can't see the requirements forgetting a license intensified any time in the foreseeable future. The processof trading an out of state license for a NY one was absurdly easy. I just hadto sign a form stating that my old license was still valid and that I had itfor more than six months. There was no concern about whether or not my oldstate had actually prepared me to drive.
While Germany is gettinga lot of buzz right now about their very high standards. However, England,Japan and Hong Kong have fairly high standards too. I'm told much of the EU hasmuch higher standards than the US has. The problem here in the states islegally driving is a privilege.
However, we, fromjudges, cops, lawmakers and citizens, treat it like a constitutional right.I've known two people in my home state who have gotten multiple speedingtickets, been in multiple wrecks and one has had a DUI. Yet they still havelicenses. The guy with a DUI got a hardship license allowing him to drive towork, school and legal hearings. Despite the fact that he lived at home withhis parents and sister all who have licenses. Heck the judge who suspended hislicense told him how to get a hardship license. He should have told him how toget a bus pass. Here in NY we keep letting people who hit and kill other peoplekeep their licenses! It's insanity!
I remember that incidentwell. I believe the lady suffered "pedal confusion." If you don'tknow what pedal does what you don't need to be driving. There are lawscurrently on the books that allow the NYPD to arrest dangerous drivers and DAsto prosecute. However the NYPD routinely messes up accident reports, sometimesquite severely, doesn't interview witnesses, and commonly fails to try to findvideo evidence in crashes that don't kill the pedestrian or cyclist. DAspartially because of this refuse to prosecute drivers. Also its harder toprosecute a driver who runs down and kills a child then it is to prosecutesomeone for a drunken bar fight that doesn't end in any injuries. Again Albanywrites the laws. So thanks to their laziness and incompetency killers allowedback on our roads.
@mugofmead11 Is quiteright greater enforcement would do more than trying to change the requirementsfor getting a license would. However this will not happen with our current NYPDand DAs. The NYPD has proven time and time again hey don’t take crashes seriously.While there is some speed enforcement after a crash, unless it was a DUI, thereis rarely any action taken against the driver.
@pragmaticguyName one time just ONE time anyone here other than yourself used the words"anti-cars" or stated they hate cars. JUST ONE! By the way anaccident assumes no one is at fault. The word accident is falling out of useinstead collision is being used. Careless driving causes collisions not anaccident. If I'm driving over the speed limit, make a turn and hit a pedestrianwho has the right of way it was a collision and not an accident. If whencarrying a glass of water from the kitchen to my desk I spill some it was anaccident and not a collision. Get the difference?
Finally, it should be applied to all drivers of automobiles, but in such a manner as not to be overly punitive, in the sense of trying to discourage all drivers from ever sitting behind the wheel of a car.
After that it should be applied to cops, who are apparently taught that the rules of the road do not apply to them, even when they're just on their way home or to cadge free coffee and donuts from a local shop.
In this city, the police have rarely enforced traffic laws. We also have a frightening number of unlicensed, uninsured drivers.
@mugofmead111 Blast it all! You have stumbled upon my master plan to rid the world of cars by removing all the gas stations everywhere! *Evil genius laughs**No such plan exists. Nor do I wish to have such a plan.
A 25 mph speed limit on a major thoroughfare like Eastern Parkway or Atlantic Avenue is punitive. It says to drivers, "this city doesn't want you. Go away."
I'd attribute it to improved infrastructure and greater awareness of cyclists.
The city council has just set the 25 MPH speed limit. Now only if enforcement was better then sporadic at best. I'm sure the pro-death and dismemberment crowd will be by shortly to tell us how we hate cars.
I think the traffic enforcement issue comes down to the question of whether New Yorkers want policemen cooping in cars or giggling in apartment lobbies. Most folks would probably prefer cops walking the beat rather than driving the streets.Also, it's less tax-intensive when the city doesn't have to buy additional patrol cars, or pay for gas and for expensive repairs after high-speed chases.
The above family has become the face of Vision Zero.However, a more accurate depiction of the kids most at risk would not involve their deceased son.http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5380-kid-un-friendly-streets-child-pedestrian-deaths-injuries-vision-zero-new-york-city
How are we doing are a yearly basis?Are we going to beat our 2013 numbers?http://www.streetsblog.org/2014/01/31/nypd-16059-pedestrians-and-cyclists-injured-178-killed-in-traffic-in-2013/