Traffic deaths in New York City have declined for the third straight year, dropping to a record low of 229 in 2016. Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that the trend shows his Vision Zero traffic-safety campaign is working.
The 229 fatalities were pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and people in cars. The number fell from 234 in 2015. This is the lowest number since record-keeping began in 1910.
Pedestrian deaths increased slightly to 144, up from 139 in 2015. The first few days of 2017 have already seen several traffic deaths.