By 2024 New York City mayor, Bill De Blasio hopes to improve the safety of New York City streets by introducing new traffic regulations. De Blasio has been inspired by the safety of streets in Sweden, where only 264 people died in automobile related accidents in 2013. When you compare those numbers to the 290 deaths in New York City alone, there is reason for concern. In 1997, the government in Sweden created a law that states that no person shall die on the country’s roads, and the government will do whatever it takes to make the roads safer. The have implement dramatic procedures, like speed limits below 20mph, but they clearly have been successful. Although safety measures like the ones in Sweden would drive New Yorkers insane, they would definitely make the streets safer.
Bill De Blasio plans to consult with the Sweden government for more ways to ensure safer roads. Slower speed limits have already gone into action as most places throughout the city are reducing speed limits from 30mph to 25mph. 120 new cameras are also being built around schools to prevent people from speeding in those areas. Obviously, if caught speeding by the camera, they would be mailed a ticket.
Other ideas from the early planning include, recording taxi speeds, widening parking lanes, cops more strictly enforcing speed limits, and congestion charges in parts of the city. Although accident rates have fallen 26% since 2001, mayor Blasio wants to have the same goal as the Swedes: no deaths from car accidents.
Of the 6 proposed new safety regulations, 5 of them all benefit the government in a great way. To me, it seems like the main driver of these new regulations is the money that it will bring to the government. New York City is one of the most bustling cities in the world and very different from Sweden. To pull ideas from them to implement into a completely different culture seem a bit impractical and will likely infuriate many drivers.