When you punch an address into Google Maps, you expect it to give you the quickest route, right? That won't always be the case for drivers in New York City if the City Council has its way. The Council is asking Google to give drivers alternative route options in the name of public safety.
Namely, City Council members Brad Lander and Ydanis Rodriguez want Google to give drivers directions that include no left turns. The request might sound odd, but it could actually save lives, because left-hand turns are related to pedestrian fatalities in New York City.
According to data compiled by [WNYC reporter Kate] Hinds and her colleagues, 17 pedestrians and three bicyclists were killed in New York by left-turning vehicles last year. The fatality rate for pedestrians struck by drivers making lefts in the city is the highest in the nation, according to Hinds’ report.
New York City is already making other changes to its intersection design and turn signals to reduce left-turn-related injuries and fatalities.