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Reinvent Albany: NYPD Needs to Open Up Its Traffic Summons Data

Last week, the NYPD unveiled an online view of “TrafficStat,” the department’s system for tracking traffic crashes. While the site has some data that’s not available on DOT’s Vision Zero View tool, it leaves a lot to be desired, according to the government accountability and transparency watchdog Reinvent Albany.

The NYPD is making its "TrafficStat" tool available to the public. Image: NYPD

NYPD’s “TrafficStat” map falls short . Image: NYPD

In a blog post today, Reinvent Albany notes that the TrafficStat site merely maps data that was already available. And crucially, NYPD’s portal lacks data about where police are enforcing traffic laws, which the agency has refused to release for years.

Geo-tagged information about summonses remains the key missing piece of open NYPD data. Without it, the public has no insight into how traffic enforcement efforts are linked to crash-prone locations. Open data on summonses, says Reinvent Albany, would be “extremely useful to researchers who want to understand the connection between police enforcement and traffic injuries and deaths, and to advocates and community leaders who are concerned about the level of police traffic enforcement in their neighborhood.”

Reinvent Albany also says NYPD needs to do a better job of making its underlying crash data publicly accessible. There is currently no way to get this data via the Traffic Stat site, event though it’s available from the city’s open data portal:

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City Hall Puts NYPD’s TrafficStat Crash-Mapping Tool Online

The NYPD is making its "TrafficStat" tool available to the public. Image: NYPD

The NYPD is making its TrafficStat crash-mapping tool available to the public, but data on where police issue traffic summonses is still not available. Image: NYPD

Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner James O’Neill announced today that the city will make “TrafficStat,” NYPD’s tool for mapping and analyzing traffic collision data, available online to the public. It’s an improvement over the city’s existing crash-mapping tool but lacks one very important type of information — data about where police are enforcing traffic laws.

The TrafficStat site enables users to track crashes by location, going a few steps further than the city’s existing Vision Zero View tool. Collisions can be broken down by type, contributing factor, day of the week, hour of the day, precinct, and patrol borough. The data was previously available on NYC’s open data portal, but the TrafficStat site puts it in an easy-to-view format.

The site will also be updated more frequently than Vision Zero View — once a week on Tuesdays, as opposed to once a month.

Since the late 1990s, NYPD has used TrafficStat to guide traffic enforcement efforts. City officials said today that they want the public to see the role that TrafficStat plays in the mayor’s Vision Zero initiative.

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1,343 NYC Pedestrians and Cyclists Injured in September, and 10 Killed

Barney Pinkney and Francis Perez

Barney Pinkney and Francis Perez

Fourteen people died in New York City traffic in September, and 5,288 were injured, according to City Hall’s Vision Zero View crash data map.

City Hall reported 115 pedestrians and cyclists killed by city motorists through September of this year, and 11,085 injured, compared to 97 deaths and 10,500 injuries in the same period in 2015.

Four motor vehicle occupants died in the city in September, according to City Hall, and 3,945 were injured.

Citywide, nine pedestrians and one cyclist were fatally struck by drivers last month. Among the victims were Barney Pinkney, Lee Strong, Dian McLean, Francis Perez, Jun Hiu Liu, and an unnamed male cyclist in Queens.

Motorists killed at least two seniors in September: Lee Strong, 83; and Jun Hiu Liu, 70.

Across the city, 816 pedestrians and 527 cyclists were reported hurt in collisions with motor vehicles. Per NYPD policy, few of these crashes were investigated by trained officers.

Of five fatal crashes on surface streets reported by Streetsblog and other outlets, no motorists were known to have been charged for causing a death. Based on NYPD and media accounts, at least two victims were likely walking or cycling with the right of way when they were struck.

Army veteran Barney Pinkney was struck as he crossed Morningside Avenue at an intersection with an unmarked crosswalk. NYPD filed no charges against the driver and told the media Pinkney was “outside the crosswalk.”

A motorist backing up for a parking spot fatally struck Lee Strong, 83, as she stood in an Upper East Side crosswalk. NYPD filed no charges. Strong was the sixth person killed in 2016 while walking in the 19th Precinct.

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NYC Traffic Deaths Fell in First Five Months of 2016

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Through the end of May, traffic fatalities declined 11 percent this year compared to the same period in 2015. Data from NYC open data portal, compiled by Jon Orcutt

Traffic fatalities in NYC declined 11 percent through the end of May compared to the same period last year, according to NYPD crash data.

Up-to-date crash data hasn’t been available through City Hall’s Vision Zero View website since the end of February, with the city saying it will post fresh data after a new reporting system is implemented. NYPD has, however, resumed publishing crash information on the city’s open data portal, which is publicly available but lacks the same accessibility and ease of use.

Jon Orcutt, former policy director at NYC DOT and current advocacy and communications director at TransitCenter, posted an update on fatalities at his personal Tumblr using the NYPD feed. As of the end of May, 77 people were killed in traffic in 2016 — down from 87 at the same point last year.

All of the improvement happened in a single month — May — a caveat to avoid reading too much into the numbers.

One cause for concern is that total traffic injuries are up, from 18,914 in the first five months of 2015 to 22,226 through May this year. Looking only at pedestrian injuries, the number is also on the rise — from 3,949 to 4,395. The injury statistics don’t account for severity, however, so we don’t know if serious injuries have increased, bucking the trend in fatalities, or if minor injuries are propelling the increase.

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DOT: Drivers Injured 1,305 Pedestrians and Cyclists in July, and Killed Six

Killed by NYC drivers in July: Aron Aranbayev, Kevin Lopez, and Alberta Bagu.

Killed by NYC drivers in July: Aron Aranbayev, Kevin Lopez, and Alberta Bagu.

Editors’ note: Beginning with July, we are basing our monthly fatality and injury data posts on DOT’s compilation of crash data instead of NYPD’s. DOT data gives a more complete picture of citywide injuries, though accounting of fatalities may be delayed in cases where the victim died days or weeks after the crash. Known discrepancies will be noted.

Eighteen people died in New York City traffic in July, and 4,911 were injured, according to DOT’s Vision Zero View crash data map.

As of the end of July, DOT reported 71 pedestrians and cyclists killed by city motorists this year, and 7,815 injured, compared to 82 deaths and 8,407 injuries for the same period in 2014.

Citywide, at least six pedestrians and three cyclists were fatally struck by drivers. Among the victims were Marcia Arthurs, Alberta Bagu, Alejandro Moran-Marin, Ka Chor Yau, Aron Aranbayev, Robert Kunz, Kevin Lopez, David Rodriguez, and an unnamed female pedestrian in Brooklyn. Motorists killed at least one senior in July: Ka Chor Yau, 83.

Two cyclists who were struck in July and died of their injuries in August are not included in DOT’s July data. Aronbayev, who police say was intentionally struck, also is not accounted for.

Across the city, 720 pedestrians and 585 cyclists were reported hurt in collisions with motor vehicles. Per NYPD policy, few of these crashes were investigated by trained officers.

Of nine fatal crashes on surface streets reported by Streetsblog and other outlets, one motorist was known to have been charged for causing a death. Charles Jordan was charged with murder in the crash that killed Aron Aranbayev.

Based on NYPD and media accounts, at least three victims were likely walking or cycling with the right of way when they were struck, but police and district attorneys are known to have applied the city’s Right of Way Law in none of those crashes.

Marcia Arthurs was on the sidewalk when she was hit. The man who killed Alejandro Moran-Marin injured several other people. The driver of a private sanitation truck ran over Alberta Bagu, who was using a walker, and left the scene. NYPD and Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson filed no charges in any of those cases.

Historically, nearly half of motorists who kill a New York City pedestrian or cyclist do not receive so much as a citation for careless driving.

In two cases, immediately after a pedestrian was killed, police exonerated the driver by telling the press the victim was not in a crosswalk.

Twelve motor vehicle occupants died in the city in July, according to DOT, and 3,606 were injured.

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NYPD: Drivers Injured 1,228 Pedestrians and Cyclists in June, and Killed 10

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Image: NYPD

Twenty people died in New York City traffic in June, and 4,795 were injured, according to the latest NYPD crash data report [PDF].

As of the end of June, 62 pedestrians and cyclists were reported killed by city motorists this year, and 6,277 injured, compared to 62 deaths and 7,080 injuries for the same period in 2014.

Citywide, at least 11 pedestrians and one cyclist were fatally struck by drivers: two pedestrians in Manhattan; one pedestrian in the Bronx; three pedestrians and one cyclist in Brooklyn; one pedestrian in Queens; and two in Staten Island. Among the victims were Dorothy Gerstenfeld, Moshe Grun, Ethan Villavicencio, Martin Celmer, Diana Ealkamenetz, Jeri Pearson, Millwood Hughes, David Craig, Betty Jean DiBlasio, Yekutiel Rapp, an unnamed male pedestrian in Manhattan, and an unnamed male cyclist in Brooklyn. Motorists killed at least one child and four seniors in June: Ethan Villavicencio, 7; Dorothy Gerstenfeld, 88; Diana Ealkamenetz, 67; Millwood Hughes, 93; and Yekutiel Rapp, 66.

Drivers killed at least two pedestrians whose deaths were not reported by NYPD.

Across the city, 769 pedestrians and 459 cyclists were reported hurt in collisions with motor vehicles. Per NYPD policy, few of these crashes were investigated by trained officers.

Of 12 fatal crashes on surface streets reported by Streetsblog and other outlets, one motorist was known to have been charged for causing a death. Based on NYPD and media accounts, at least seven victims were likely walking or cycling with the right of way when they were struck, including one victim who was on the sidewalk and one who was hit while inside a building. Police and district attorneys are known to have applied the city’s Right of Way Law only once in June. Historically, nearly half of motorists who kill a New York City pedestrian or cyclist do not receive so much as a citation for careless driving.

In one case, immediately after a pedestrian was killed, police exonerated the driver by telling the press the victim was “outside the crosswalk.”

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NYPD: Drivers Killed 18 Pedestrians and Cyclists in May, and Injured 1,262

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Image: NYPD

Twenty-eight people died in New York City traffic in May, and 4,771 were injured, according to the latest NYPD crash data report [PDF].

As of the end of May, 49 pedestrians and cyclists were reported killed by city motorists this year, and 5,049 injured, compared to 54 deaths and 5,669 injuries for the same period in 2014. Drivers killed more pedestrians in May than in any other single month since the launch of Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero program.

Citywide, at least 17 pedestrians and one cyclist were fatally struck by drivers: five pedestrians and one cyclist in Manhattan; three pedestrians in the Bronx; six pedestrians in Brooklyn; and three pedestrians in Queens. Among the victims were Ervi Secundino, Favhad Chowdhury, Amelia Sterental, Nfn Loknauth, John Torson, Victor Grant, Irwin Mayer, Wanda Canestri, Galina Shibayeva, Ian Paul Bubb, Sincere Atkins, Dorria Campfield, Sergei Musatov, an unnamed female pedestrian in Brooklyn, an unnamed male pedestrian in Brooklyn, and an unnamed male pedestrian in the Bronx.

Motorists killed at least two children and six seniors: Sincere Atkins, 8; Ervi Secundino, 12; Amelia Sterental, 76; Nfn Loknauth, 83; John Torson, 89; Irwin Mayer, 96; Wanda Canestri, 68; and Galina Shibayeva, 76.

Motorists killed at least five pedestrians in May whose names were not immediately disclosed by NYPD, or whose deaths were not covered in the press. Most every month, there are pedestrian and cyclist deaths that go unreported other than the scant details provided weeks later in the NYPD dataset, which lists only the intersection closest to the crash and the victim’s mode of travel.

Across the city, 808 pedestrians and 472 cyclists were reported hurt in collisions with motor vehicles. Per NYPD policy, few of these crashes were investigated by trained officers.

Of 16 fatal crashes on surface streets reported by Streetsblog and other outlets, no motorists were known to have been charged for causing a death. Based on NYPD and media accounts, at least five victims were likely walking or cycling with the right of way when they were struck, but police and district attorneys are known to have applied the city’s Right of Way Law in none of those crashes. Historically, nearly half of motorists who kill a New York City pedestrian or cyclist do not receive so much as a citation for careless driving.

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NYPD: Drivers Injured 991 Pedestrians and Cyclists in April, and Killed Seven

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Image: NYPD

Nineteen people died in New York City traffic in April, and 3,873 were injured, according to the latest NYPD crash data report [PDF].

As of the end of April, 31 pedestrians and cyclists were reported killed by city motorists this year, and 3,769 injured, compared to 42 deaths and 4,406 injuries for the same period in 2014. NYPD reported fewer pedestrian injuries in April than in any other single month since at least January 2012.

Citywide, at least five pedestrians and two cyclists were fatally struck by drivers: one cyclist and one pedestrian in the Bronx; two pedestrians in Brooklyn; and two pedestrians and one cyclist in Queens. Among the victims were Margaretta Harmon, Mohamed Ali, Barbara Gracey, Sidney Ramsarup, an unnamed male pedestrian in Queens, and an unnamed male cyclist in the Bronx. Motorists killed at least two seniors in April: Margaretta Harmon, 87, and Mohamed Ali, 88.

Motorists killed at least two pedestrians and one cyclist whose names were not immediately disclosed by NYPD, and whose deaths were not covered in the press. Most every month, there are pedestrian and cyclist deaths that go unreported other than the scant details provided weeks later in the NYPD dataset, which lists only the intersection closest to the crash and the victim’s mode of travel.

Across the city, 691 pedestrians and 300 cyclists were reported hurt in collisions with motor vehicles. Per NYPD policy, few of these crashes were investigated by trained officers.

Of six fatal crashes on surface streets reported by Streetsblog and other outlets, no motorists were known to have been charged for causing a death. Historically, nearly half of motorists who kill a New York City pedestrian or cyclist do not receive so much as a citation for careless driving.

Ten motorists and two passengers died in the city in April; 1,363 and 1,519 were injured, respectively.

There were 16,671 motor vehicle crashes in the city last month, including 2,801 that resulted in injury or death.

Download April NYPD summons data here. NYPD posts geocoded crash data here. Crash and summons data from prior months is available in multiple formats here.

After the jump: contributing factors for crashes resulting in injury and death.

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NYPD: Drivers Injured 945 Pedestrians and Cyclists in March, and Killed Six

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Image: NYPD

Twelve people died in New York City traffic in March, and 3,641 were injured, according to the latest NYPD crash data report [PDF].

As of the end of March, 24 pedestrians and cyclists were reported killed by city motorists this year, and 2,778 injured, compared to 33 deaths and 3,246 injuries for the same period in 2014. Those figures represent a 27 percent year-to-year reduction in fatalities, and a 14 percent drop in injuries.

Citywide, at least six pedestrians and were fatally struck by drivers: two in the Bronx; three in Brooklyn; and one in Queens. Among the victims were Dave Jones, Xiali Yue, Kadeem Brown, Tierre Clark, an unnamed female pedestrian in Queens, and an unnamed female pedestrian in Brooklyn. Motorists killed at least one child and two seniors in March: Tierre Clark, 5; and the unnamed pedestrians in Queens and Brooklyn, whose ages were reported as 80 and 84, respectively.

NYPD reported no cyclist deaths in March.

Across the city, 786 pedestrians and 159 cyclists were reported hurt in collisions with motor vehicles. Per NYPD policy, few of these crashes were investigated by trained officers.

Of six fatal crashes on surface streets reported by Streetsblog and other outlets, two motorists were known to have been charged for causing a death. The driver who hit Dave Jones, reportedly during a police chase, was charged with manslaughter, and the motorist who killed Xiali Yue was charged under the Right of Way Law. Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson filed no charges against the driver who killed Tierre Clark and Kadeem Brown, who were on a sidewalk when they were struck. Historically, nearly half of motorists who kill a New York City pedestrian or cyclist do not receive so much as a citation for careless driving.

Three motorists and three passengers died in the city in March; 1,293 and 1,403 were injured, respectively.

There were 17.842 motor vehicle crashes in the city last month, including 2,687 that resulted in injury or death.

Download March NYPD summons data here. NYPD posts geocoded crash data here. Crash and summons data from prior months is available in multiple formats here.

After the jump: contributing factors for crashes resulting in injury and death.

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NYPD: Drivers Injured 816 Pedestrians and Cyclists in February, and Killed 11

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Image: NYPD

Fifteen people died in New York City traffic in February, and 2,979 were injured, according to the latest NYPD crash data report [PDF].

As of the end of February, 18 pedestrians and cyclists were reported killed by city motorists this year, and 1,833 injured, compared to 22 deaths and 2,105 injuries for the same period in 2014. Drivers injured fewer pedestrians and cyclists in February than in any other month since at least January 2012, according to NYPD data.

Citywide, at least 11 pedestrians were fatally struck by drivers: one in Manhattan; two in the Bronx; three in Brooklyn; and five in Queens. Among the victims were Kamil Gorski, Marco Orellana, Regina Stevenson, Yu-O Pan, Isaak Trakhtenberg, Jao Lin Zhu, Martin Hernandez Tufino, Daniel Cabrera, Kenny Valette, and an unnamed female pedestrian in Queens. Motorists killed at least two seniors in February: Isaak Trakhtenberg, 83; and Jao Lin Zhu, 80.

NYPD reported no cyclist deaths in February.

Across the city, 735 pedestrians and 81 cyclists were reported hurt in collisions with motor vehicles. Per NYPD policy, few of these crashes were investigated by trained officers.

Of 10 fatal crashes on surface streets reported by Streetsblog and other outlets, one motorist was known to have been charged for causing a death. Based on NYPD and media accounts, at least four victims were likely walking or cycling with the right of way when they were struck, but police and district attorneys are known to have applied the city’s Right of Way Law in only one of those crashes. Historically, nearly half of motorists who kill a New York City pedestrian or cyclist do not receive so much as a citation for careless driving.

In two cases after a pedestrian was killed police blamed the victim in the press.

Two motorists and two passengers died in the city in February; 1,041 and 1,122 were injured, respectively.

There were 15,599 motor vehicle crashes in the city last month, including 2,220 that resulted in injury or death.

NYPD had not posted citywide February summons data as of this writing. NYPD posts geocoded crash data here. Crash and summons data from prior months is available in multiple formats here.

After the jump: contributing factors for crashes resulting in injury and death.

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