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NYC Vision Zero program lowers pedestrian deaths

lowest since 1910

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New York City’s Vision Zero’s policies and new laws to improve pedestrian safety had a successful first year in 2014, resulting in the fewest pedestrian deaths in the city since 1910: 131, according to a story in Urbanful:

The new year brings with it new laws in effect that New York’s leaders hope will further reduce the number of deaths and injuries to pedestrians. Within 10 years the goal is to reduce traffic fatalities to zero.

Mayor Bill de Blasio made Vision Zero a key policy priority for his first year. “Our top responsibility is protecting the health and safety of our people… From tougher enforcement to more safely-designed streets and stronger laws, we’ll confront this problem from every side,” remarked de Blasio upon the launch of his initiative last January.

The city has a track record of 4,000 serious injuries and more than 250 fatalities resulting from traffic crashes each year, according to the Vision Zero website. In 2013 alone there were 177 pedestrian fatalities. Prior to 2014 the all-time low was 142 pedestrian fatalities in 2007.

Children and seniors are the most at-risk for pedestrian incidents, and among children, vehicle collision is the number one cause of injury-related death for those under 14 (it is the second leading cause for seniors in NYC). MORE

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