As they introduced New York’s annual “Dusk & Darkness” effort on Thursday, the NYPD and municipal officials noted that the number of crashes in the city increases as dusk falls.
At a press conference outside police headquarters, municipal Department of Transportation Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez declared, “It’s the most dangerous time of the year for pedestrians and bicycles.”
According to Kim Royster, chief of transportation for the NYPD, “early start of darkness and traffic injuries and fatalities” are strongly correlated.
She continued, “Motorists attack pedestrians more commonly in the early evening hours, and police will be out in force at dusk looking for speeding and careless driving.
The increased awareness of the evening hours started on Halloween and will be even more crucial as New Yorkers set their clocks back one hour to observe daylight savings time.
At sunset, a driver’s vision is significantly impaired, according to Royster, who advises drivers to slow down while traversing city streets and highways.
According to Royster, the overall number of traffic fatalities decreased this year from 229 to 207.
According to NYPD figures, pedestrian fatalities have decreased by 15%, from 105 to 89.