New York City Council has written a letter to Google requesting the company reduce the number of left turns suggested to drivers using Google Maps.
Apparently more Americans kill themselves trying to make left turns. In New York City, 17 pedestrians and three bicyclists were killed by left turning vehicles last year, according to a report from WNYC.
City council members Brad Lander and Ydanis Rodriguez wrote a letter to Google on July 1 asking the company to reduce the number of left turns suggested to drivers using Google Maps for directions.
More specifically, Lander and Rodriguez requested that Google give Maps users a “Reduce left turns” routing option. Currently, Google Maps gives users “Avoid highways,” “Avoid tolls,” and “Avoid ferries” route options.
More kids are killed by left turns than any other cause in New York, which is odd when you consider the gangs, the poverty, the violence and the fact that people have guns.
Rodriguez said that it was time for the city to reach out to the private sector, so they can help the city to provide information to drivers about where they should avoid making left turns.
The second request in Lander and Rodriquez’s letter to Google is to create a “Stay on truck routes” option for truck drivers. The letter cites a 2007 study that found 35 percent of crashes involving trucks in New York City happened off of truck routes, according to CityLab.