New York City has not recorded a single pedestrian death since before the state implemented strict coronavirus restrictions that kept residents largely at home, according to a report.
Tuesday marked 58 days since a pedestrian was killed in the Big Apple — the longest stretch since 1983 when the city starting keeping track, Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg revealed at a City Council committee hearing, ABC 7 reported.
New York on March 22 — 51 days ago — shut down all nonessential businesses and required all nonessential government and private-sector employees to work from home.
But Trottenberg said speeding scofflaws have exploited the lack of traffic.
“Unfortunately some drivers are taking advantage of our empty streets to speed recklessly, and we know we can never let up our vigilance,” she said at the hearing, according to the report.
The commissioner said that driving violations have doubled since before the coronavirus pandemic, leading the NYPD to ramp up its enforcement.