City agency statistics say getting around the city has become more dangerous

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Getting around the city has become more dangerous in 2019, according to statistics from several city agencies.

The city is aiming to eliminate traffic deaths entirely by 2024 under Vision Zero. For years they were making some progress, but so far this year things are headed in the wrong direction.

There have been at least 64 traffic deaths this year compared to 50 at the same point last year, according to city agencies.  That’s a jump of about 30%.

Among the areas really driving this spike is South Brooklyn.  A 3-year-old boy was struck and killed last week in Bath Beach by a van while riding his scooter. A day later, police say a father of two died in Bedford-Stuyvesant after being hit by a postal truck. 

The Department of Transportation said in a statement that after five straight years of declines, it is grieving at the increase in traffic fatalities so far this year.  It says it is committed to driving down the number of deaths by stepping up Vision Zero redesigns of dangerous corridors and intersections.

News 12 was told transportation advocates plan on rallying for the redesigns on the steps of City Hall on Tuesday.

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