Mayor: Traffic deaths dropped steeply last year

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a record low number of traffic deaths last year -- down 23 percent since he introduced an ambitious traffic safety initiative in 2013, he says.



But despite the name of the mayor's Vision Zero plan, which envisions a year of zero traffic fatalities, New Yorkers are still dying in traffic accidents. And although total traffic deaths are down, the number of pedestrians killed actually went up from 139 in 2015 to 144 in 2016.



Some critics say many drivers still ignore aspects of Vision Zero, like the reduction of speed limits on some roads to just 25 mph. Others say pedestrians themselves create risks by jaywalking.



Feliks Dadiomov, 88, was one of 10 New Yorkers killed in the first 10 days of 2017, and one of the three victims from Brooklyn.



Dadiomov was crossing Ocean Parkway at Avenue X Tuesday against the walk signal. A Honda Civic struck and killed him.



But de Blasio says new bike lanes, increased speeding enforcement and redesigned left turns are responsible for an overall decline in traffic deaths.



Additionally, statistics show that the drop in traffic fatalities in New York runs opposite the national trend, which is headed upward.


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