QUEENS — The number of pedestrians hit by vehicles in Forest Hills and Rego Park jumped by 64 percent this year, according to the 112th Precinct which recently launched a safe driving campaign.
In January, 23 people were hit in the neighborhood, compared to just 14 during the same month in 2016, according to the precinct's commanding officer Captain Robert Ramos.
In many instances, pedestrians were hit by cars making turns, police officials said.
Our Auxiliaries @ 63 Dr & Junction Blvd giving out tips to motorists, turn slowly & EXPECT people in the crosswalks. pic.twitter.com/aLgarQTvvP— NYPD 112th Precinct (@NYPD112Pct) January 31, 2017
The precinct recently launched an initiative reminding motorists to be mindful of pedestrians.
“We are trying to educate drivers to beware of pedestrians in the crosswalks and at intersections,” Ramos said.
Earlier this week, officers handed out 350 fliers near the Rego Center Mall, some with information about the Vision Zero initiative and others specifically reminding drivers to watch out for pedestrians when making turns, Ramos said.
The precinct also tweeted a number of tips asking motorists to slow down and “don’t cut corners" and reminding pedestrians to remain alert while crossing the street.
“Turns faster than 5 mph put pedestrians at risk,” one of the tips advised drivers.
Be mindful when crossing the street, look both ways and remain alert! pic.twitter.com/Y0sn2gwPIb— NYPD 112th Precinct (@NYPD112Pct) January 27, 2017
“Crashes are preventable," Ramos said.
He said that the initiative will last until there is a decrease in pedestrian-involved incidents in the precinct.