De Blasio Touts Vision Zero: Plan Is Working

NEW YORK (AP) -

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday touted the success of his Vision Zero program to reduce the number of pedestrian and traffic fatalities in New York City.

De Blasio said that from Jan. 1 to May 25 in 2013, there were 65 pedestrian fatalities. But from the beginning of 2014, after he took office and some Vision Zero safety measures were put in place, that number fell to 47 over the same period. This year, it’s 44.

The mayor said overall traffic fatalities have also fallen from 95 at this point in 2013 to 91 last year and 81 this year.

But he acknowledged that the “work of Vision Zero never ends” and that further safety improvements and tougher enforcement were needed.