Al Jones

De Blasio Calling For Stricter Laws After 2 Kids Struck By Car, Killed In Park Slope

March 15, 2018 - 12:33 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The residents of Park Slope have been taking to the streets in various protest for the past 10 days to demand the city make their streets safer after two kids were struck and killed while crossing the street with their mothers on March 5.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg were in Park Slope Thursday to call on stricter driving laws, 1010 WINS' Genn Schuck reported.

The mayor is calling on the state to expand speed enforcement cameras around school zones and escalate fines for repeat red light and speed camera offenders. The first two tickets are $50. A the third strike would carry a fine of $150 and by the sixth ticket, a revocation of a driver’s license.

De Blasio is also pushing for state lawmakers to enact a bill that would require physicians to report conditions that would make a driver suddenly lose control to the DMV.

The bill would authorize the city to install speed cameras at an additional 150 school zones and laws that require medical reports to the DMV have already been enacted in states like New Jersey.

One resident thinks the solution should be similar to what happened in Queens.

"Do what apparently they did in Queens Boulevard to prevent dangerous crossings ... just to change people's ideas of what is ok - what's OK to drive in this city," one woman said.

The mayor's announcement will come just blocks away from where 4-year-old Abigail Blumenstein and 1-year-old Joshua Lew were killed.