On average, a pedestrian is killed by a driver in New York City about every other day.
Unfortunately, too often the message from the city (from the Bloomberg administration) has been that it's a pedestrian problem -- that it's their own fault. While there are some times where that's the case, it isn't usually.
Bloomberg's announcement last week of a plan for stricter enforcement of traffic laws is a significant step forward. The existing "don't block the box" laws would be good -- if only they were enforced. They rarely are.
The new plan will allow all traffic enforcement agents (who are not police officers) to issue tickets by recording the license plates of drivers who break the law. The owner will then be sent a ticket in the mail.
Giving law enforcement the tools to enforce existing laws doesn't sound flashy but it will probably save lives.