NYC Traffic Deaths Decline for 5th Straight Year

NEW YORK (AP) -

New York City traffic deaths are poised to drop below 200 for the first time since record-keeping began, Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a release Friday.

As of Thursday, 196 people have been killed in traffic crashes citywide this year. That compares to 221 traffic deaths last year, already the lowest since record-keeping began in 1910.

The number is down more than 30 percent from 2013, the year before the mayor instituted a traffic-safety campaign called “Vision Zero.”