The five boroughs may be becoming a safer place for drivers, according to new data from the NYPD. Traffic fatalities in NYC fell 11% for the first six months of 2016, compared to the same period last year. This continues a two-year trend of declining traffic deaths.
There were 89 fatalities between January 1 and June 20, 2016, down from 107 during the same time in 2015. The information was compiled by John Orcutt, former policy director for the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT). Crash data is normally available through City Hall’s Vision Zero website, but the site has not been updated since February pending an upgrade to a new reporting system.
If this trend continues through the end of 2016, it will be the third-straight year that traffic fatalities have fallen in NYC. The DOT reported that 230 people died in crashes in 2015, down from 257 in 2014, and 297 in 2013. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative aims to eliminate traffic fatalities in NYC by 2024 by redesigning streets, increasing enforcement, and boosting automated speed and red light cameras.
Unfortunately, not all the news is good. Total traffic injuries rose from 18,914 in the first five months of 2015 to 22,226 this year, according to Streetsblog. Pedestrian injuries also jumped from 3,949 to 4,395. The reason for this is unknown.
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