NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - Fox 5 saw lots of people jay walking in Flushing, Queens, Wednesday night near where an elderly woman was hit by a bus and killed trying to cross the street in the middle of the block.
Police in Flushing's 109th Precinct plan to try to reduce deadly accidents from jay walking by ticketing violators. They will first issue warnings on fliers in multiple languages to help inform this diverse community about safety.
Cops already have critics. A transportation safety group called Transportation Alternatives says ticketing people who jaywalk in response to a hit-and-run death is victim-blaming. The group says this is a dangerous street with high volumes of pedestrians. The group wants cops to focus on reckless drivers, not walkers.
But cops are unlikely to back down. Vision Zero is a pet project of the Mayor Bill de Blasio. There have been 12 pedestrian deaths in the city since Halloween, including the death of a trick-or-treater and her relative.