Queens saw the fewest traffic fatalities in 2017 among the five boroughs in a year the city is calling the safest on record.
NYC's pedestrian fatalities reached an all-time low in 2016 [CurbedNY]: The city has been seeing a steady decline of pedestrian deaths since Mayor Bill de Blasio's Vision Zero initiative- a public safety campaign aimed at improving street safety and decreasing traffic crashes. In 2017, 23 bicyclists, 33 motorcyclists and 57 people in vehicles who were involved in collisions were killed, all slightly above the tallies in 2016. The previous year, there were 148 pedestrian deaths and 83 other types of traffic fatalities. This is opposite the national trend - the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported a 13-percent increase in traffic fatalities between 2013 to 2016.
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In addition to redesigned streets, lower speed limits and an uptick in enforcement, the city also reprogramed 832 traffic signals to allow pedestrians a head start in crosswalks, Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said, adding that work still remains. The city says the 214 deaths is the lowest since NY started tallying traffic-related deaths in 1910. And in 2013, there were 184 pedestrian fatalities and 115 traffic fatalities in other categories.
He credited the NYPD with issuing a record number of summonses past year for failure to yield to a pedestrian and speeding.
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Like cyclists, there was an increase in vehicle deaths - 57 people in a auto died last year, up from the prior year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that US traffic deaths rose more than 13 percent between 2013 and 2016. This is the lowest number of traffic fatalities since city record-keeping began in 1910. Last year, police wrote 149,910 speedign summons - a 93-percent increase.
"This boulevard of death is now the boulevard of life", Mayor de Blasio said.
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"Whatever you have heard in the past from the critics or the cynics, after four years we can now say for sure Vision Zero works, and we're gonna redouble our commitment to it, and I looks forward to sharing more good news with you in the future as we go farther", de Blasio said. City Hall spent $100 million in road design on Queens Boulevard and installed new traffic cameras.