Workers driving more as NYC mayor touts safety, green agenda

September 23, 2017 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City workers are driving more and getting into more accidents even as the mayor pushes for road safety and warns of climate change.

That’s according to a New York Times (http://nyti.ms/2yiCK60 ) review published Saturday of city data.

Data from the mayor’s management report show municipal workers drove 102 million miles last fiscal year, a 25 percent bump from 2014 when Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH’-zee-oh) first took office.

The city’s fleet of more than 30,000 vehicles has also grown — and it’s getting into more accidents.

De Blasio, a Democrat, wants to reduce traffic deaths to zero and warns of the perils of climate change.

Officials say city workers are driving more electric hybrids. They also say more stringent reporting standards might account for the increased accidents.


Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com