After a record low number of fatalities from auto accidents in 2007, the number of deaths spiked last year to 292 pedestrians, drivers, passengers, bicyclists and motorcyclists—18 more people than in 2007. According to a report issued by the DOT, pedestrian fatalities last year jumped to 147, seven more than in 2007.

However, the total number is still less than 2006, when 321 people died, and a spokesman for the department says they're working to make high-accident locations safer; that includes narrowing sections of Flatbush Avenue to force drivers to slow down. The most dangerous intersection last year proved to be the junction of Webster Avenue and Fordham Road in The Bronx, where 14 pedestrians were injured. For cyclists, the most dangerous intersections were Bowery at Houston Street and Lexington Avenue at 34th Street; both had five bike accidents.

Transportation Alternatives spokesman Wiley Norvell tells the Post, "This isn't something that's out of our hands. All these crashes are preventable through enforcement and engineering. It's wide street meets wide street, which really is the recipe for crashes"