Monday, July 20, 2015
No left turn GPS option could improve road safety
From CBS New York:
Many people turn to Google for answers, and now two New York City Council members say the technology giant has the answer to making city streets safer.
As CBS2’s Tracee Carrasco reported, members Brad Lander (D-39th) and Ydanis Rodriguez (D-10th) have asked Google maps to include an option for drivers to select a route with reduced left hand turns.
The councilmen believe the request falls in line with the city’s Vision Zero plan to reduce the number of deaths on city streets.
According to the NYPD, so far this year there have been 62 pedestrian fatalities, and 5 bicyclist fatalities. The Department of Transportation’s stats show that approximately 10 percent of all pedestrian fatalities in the last 18 months involve left turns.