New York City has long been the site of a large number of traffic accidents and deaths. In the first six months of 2017, however, these numbers began to take a promising turn downward, according to data collected by the NYPD.
Between January and June 2017, 96 people were killed and 27,923 were injured in car accidents in New York City. A total of 110,992 accidents took place during this time. For the first time, the NYPD notes, the number of deaths in the first six months of the year falls below 100.
Some commentators credit the reduction in deaths to Mayor de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” project, which aims to eliminate car accident deaths in New York City. Vision Zero was launched in early 2014, partly in response to 2013’s death rate, which hit 121 fatalities in just the first six months. Since then, the first six months of 2014 saw 110 deaths, while the first six months of 2015 and 2016 each saw 107.
Vision Zero implemented several different measures in order to help reduce car accident deaths. These included reducing the city’s speed limit to 25 miles per hour in all areas and installing traffic cameras.
The NYPD also notes that the reduction in car accident deaths occurred even though the number of crashes has gone up in recent years. During the first six months of 2013, 99,474 accidents were reported—a number that increased to 111,588 in the first six months of 2016 and dropped only slightly in the first half of 2017.
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