This morning public art nonprofit Groundswell revealed a massive mural on the side of a four-story building at 138 Fifth Avenue in Park Slope. Commissioned as part of the DOT's Vision Zero initiative, it depicts safe streets activists bearing signs that read "slow down" and "your choice," a texting driver, and Lady Justice balancing a car on one scale and a cluster of pedestrians on the other. The mural is titled "Justice at the Crossroads." The car outweighs the pedestrians.

"This mural focuses on celebrating the accomplishments of Vision Zero to date, like the 25 mph speed limit and bike lanes. But it also emphasizes areas that still need work," said Sharon Polli of Groundswell.

12-year-old Sammy Cohen-Eckstein was struck and killed by a driver not far from the mural site in October, 2013, and his mother Amy is a founding member of Families For Safe Streets. The organization recently launched a campaign, depicted in the mural, to replace the term "accident" with "crash"—a linguistic reminder that drivers are fully accountable for their actions behind the wheel.

Sofia Russo of FFSS, the mother of 4-year-old Ariel Russo, who was struck and killed by an unlicensed teen driver while he fled the police in an SUV on West 79th Street in June 2013, spoke at today's dedication. Her daughter is depicted in the mural, wearing fairy wings. While her daughter's killer is currently serving time in prison, the driver who killed Cohen-Eckstein was recently punished with a six month license suspension.

Groundswell hopes that its depiction of Lady Justice will convey how drivers frequently receive only mild punishment (if any) after killing pedestrians:

There is a vehicle on one side of Justice's scales, outweighing our lost human lives represented on the opposing scale. Her blindfold has been removed to show that Lady Justice will not overlook injustice in car crashes. She stands at a crossroad, surrounded by protests, traffic signs... new bike and bus lanes."

A group of 20 youth artists, ages 14 to 24, spent seven weeks painting the mural, with direction from head artist Marc Evan and assistant artist Adan Palermo.

Groundswell unveiled another DOT mural yesterday in the South Bronx, emphasizing the consequences of driving under the influence. According to the city, about 4,000 New Yorkers are seriously injured, and more than 250 are killed, in traffic crashes every year. At a vigil in mid-July, more than 23,500 single-stem yellow carnations were piled around a podium to represent the 23,463 New Yorkers who have been injured, and 123 who had been killed, in traffic collisions in 2015 to date (numbers that have continued to creep up).

According to Vision Zero's crash tracker, 5 pedestrians and 9 drivers have been injured on Fifth Avenue between St. John's Place and nearby Flatbush avenue so far this year.