Three Children Too Many

3 CHILDREN TOO MANY MARCH

Three Children Too Many March for Traffic Safety

After 3 Children Killed By Automobile in Jackson Heights & Corona this Year, Local Residents Stage March, Rally, and Memorials for Traffic Safety & Enforcement with Families of Victims, Politicians, and Advocacy Orgs

Queens, New York – After three children were killed by automobile in Jackson Heights and Corona this year alone, outraged neighbors created the organization Three Children Too Many. Since then, three more children have been killed by automobile in New York City, one of them in Jackson Heights. Last week, the parents of that child, Allison Liao, published this op-ed in the Daily News: The safer streets we need right now. This week, Three Children Too Many will lead a march to the sites of the crashes, where memorials have been created by Right of Way, then to a rally with the families of the victims, local politicians, and advocacy organizations to demand:

1) The NYPD enforce existing traffic laws

2) The DOT expedite installation of 20 mile per hour speed limits and traffic calming infrastructure to protect all pedestrians

3) The City involves our entire community in changing laws and increasing local action to save pedestrian lives.

“These crashes are emblematic of the traffic violence being perpetrated across our city,” said Keegan Stephan, an organizer with Right of Way. “The only driver who was charged with a crime was drunk. The hit-and-run driver who killed Luis Bravo has yet to be apprehended – the NYPD catches only 25% of hit-and-run drivers compared to 75% of perpetrators of other homicides. And at both the other crashes, the NYPD declared ‘No Criminality Suspected’ at the scene of the crime before investigations could have possibly been completed – a devastating declaration to families who have just lost their children. More than 10 children have been killed this year across our city. We need the NYPD to shift its policies and practices toward traffic violence if this epidemic is going to end.”

Families, Politicians, and Organizations Participating

The Crashes:

Jahir Figueroa, age 3

Miguel Torres, age 11

Luis Bravo, age 19

Allison Liao, age 3

 

The Families:

Figueroa Family

Torres Family

Bravo Family

Liao Family

 

Politicians:

City Council Member Daniel Dromm

City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer

Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras

State Senator Jose Peralta

State Assemblyman Francisco Moya

Representative from United States Representative Joseph Crowley’s Office

 

Organizations:

Jackson Heights/Corona Neighbors

Jackson Heights Beautification Group

Jackson Heights Early Learning Center

Intermediate School 230 School Band

MKD Karate

Kehillah Tikvah

Girl Scouts

Right of Way

Three Children Too Many formed out of a strong feeling of empathy for the families who lost their children due to a 100% preventable situations: reckless driving and lack of traffic law enforcement. We are neighbors in this community who feel that our actions can help shift the current ambivalence about street safety into a strong lobby in which we honor those who have died or been injured, fight for stronger enforcement of traffic laws, and provide resources and education materials to those in our community in support of the Vision Zero plan established worldwide.

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