NEW YORK – Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative—aimed at improving street safety and decreasing traffic crashes—has proven successful in decreasing pedestrian fatalities, but with the city’s authority to use speed and red light cameras set to expire following inaction from state lawmakers, officials fear that progress on reducing fatalities may be under threat.
On Monday, Mayor de Blasio announced that the first six months of 2018 closed out with the fewest traffic fatalities ever measured in a six-month period in New York City. As of June 30, the city had recorded 81 traffic fatalities, which is only the second time that fewer than 100 fatalities were recorded in a six-month period. The city’s previous record-low for traffic fatalities was in the first half of 2017, when 93 were recorded. Declines have been the largest in Manhattan (9 in 2018 compared to 21 in 2017) and in the Bronx (13 in 2018 from 22 in 2017).