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Deadly Park Slope Crash Prompts Calls For Action On Traffic Safety

March 09, 2018 - 1:06 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- There were more demands Friday, for action on traffic safety following the deaths of two toddlers who were struck by an out-of-control car in Park Slope.

Local officials joined residents and others for a rally at the scene of Monday's accident at 9th Street and 5th Avenue in Brooklyn.

"We're just now looking at legislation to make sure the tragedy that happened at 5th Avenue and 9th Street doesn't happen again throughout New York City. No one should have to see their child run over by a car and traumatized," State Senator Jesse Hamilton (D-Brooklyn) said.

Among the crowd Friday, was Amy Cohen, the mother of a boy killed by a car in the same neighborhood in 2013.

"Driving a motor vehicle is a privilege and needs to be treated like one, because people operate a multi-ton weapon, and if people are unable to drive that weapon or have been driving dangerously they can not have permission to drive on our streets," Cohen said.

On Monday, a driver ran a red light fatally striking a 1-year-old and a 4-year-old.

The next day, about 100 local residents gathered and chanted 'safe streets now', some of them were carrying signs mocking Vision Zero, as they greeted Mayor Bill de Blasio about a block from where the children were killed.

The mayor stopped and had a lengthy exchange with parent Doug Gordon who demanded a concrete plan.

"I hear the point man, but I also want to say the enforcement has been growing every single year and that's numerical. You can see it. I can show you the facts there has been more enforcement than ever. The speed cameras have had a huge impact, we need a hell of a lot more," he said.

Police in the neighborhood were seen pulling over drivers for speeding and not yielding on Tuesday morning.