New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced that fewer pedestrians are being killed in accidents. He said he attributes that to the success of the Vision Zero initiative, which the mayor began in 2014, and law enforcement.
According to the New York Post, the number of pedestrian deaths fell 32% from 148 in 2016 to 101 last year. Meanwhile, during the same time, traffic fatalities went from 231 two years ago to 214 in 2017 — a 7% decline. Compared to traffic deaths nationwide, that is an improvement; according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of fatalities in the U.S. went up 13% from 2013 to 2016.
The Post also reported that Queens Boulevard — which some refer to as the “Boulevard of Death” — recorded no fatalities in the past three years. Meanwhile, Queens County saw a 9% drop in deaths, and there was only one death of a child last year, compared an average of seven children the last five years; seventeen kids died in 2004.
Despite the upbeat statistics, the only downside was the fact that the number of cyclist deaths rose from 18 two years ago to 23 in 2017. That is an increase of 28% and the greatest number of deaths in five years.
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