New York State is spending $110 million on a new safety initiative to protect pedestrians.
The Governor’s office says a number of projects are beginning to improve roads statewide.
Crews are installing new traffic signals and fixing up cross walks. It’s part of the state’s plan to reduce pedestrian fatalities by 20% by 2021.
Crash data including in the plan found an average of 300 pedestrians are killed, and 15,000 injured by cars in New York each year – 61% of the contributing factors in these crashes were related to driver actions, including driver inattention and failure to yield right of way. The top pedestrian actions that contributed to crashes were pedestrian error and failure to yield right of way.
A new PSA highlights the importance of pedestrian visibility.