A law enacted as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s initiative to eliminate pedestrian deaths that created a criminal penalty for motorists who strike and cause injury to pedestrians and cyclists is unconstitutional, a Queens judge has ruled.

Local Law 29, which was signed into law in June 2014 as part of the Vision Zero initiative and codified as Administrative Code §19-190, made into a misdemeanor failure to exercise due care for motorists who strike pedestrians or cyclists and cause injury, which was previously a traffic violation.

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