A deranged woman who told cops she detests Muslims broke into a maniacal fit of laughter as she was charged with a hate crime Saturday, three days after she allegedly shoved an Indian immigrant to his death in front of a Queens train.But if you're a regular rider on the system, you shouldn't get too worked up about this, says no less an authority than:
...Mayor Michael Bloomberg urged residents to keep the second fatal subway shove in the city this month in perspective.Now, some subway systems around the world are actually being retrofitted with safety systems to cut down on push-deaths (and accidents and suicides).
So why not New York City? Last year, 146 people were struck by subway trains in New York City. Of those, 47 were killed. That amounts to one accident every 2.5 days, many of which would conceivably have been prevented by a feature now widely used around the world.146 people hit by subway trains in New York per year?
But the Metropolitan Transit Authority, the corporation that oversees the city’s transit system, is notably cash strapped these days, facing a $2 billion budget deficit that is expected to mushroom to $3.6 billion by 2016, according to a recent report by Citizens Budget Commission.
It's a public health epidemic.
The problem is systemic.
The mayor's urge for "perspective"
is heartless and defective.