NYC traffic deaths hit 200 in deadliest year since de Blasio took office
More than 200 people have died in crashes on Big Apple streets so far this year — putting the city on track for the most number of traffic deaths in a single year since Mayor Bill de Blasio took office.
The numbers crunched by advocacy group Transportation Alternatives using city data show traffic fatalities this year out-pacing every year of the de Blasio administration except 2014, the year Hizzoner took office.
At this point in 2019, 188 New Yorkers had been killed in car crashes, the group said. A total of 220 people had died by the end of the year.
“This is shaping up to be the deadliest year for traffic violence during Mayor de Blasio’s tenure,” Transportation Alternatives director Danny Harris said.
“If the rate of death on our streets continues unchanged through the remainder of the year, we will see 243 total deaths in 2020.”
The surge in crash deaths comes despite a drop in overall traffic, The Post reported earlier this month. Experts believe the two are related — that fewer cars on the road has led to people driving more dangerously.
Leading the spike are motorcycle and car deaths, which have both increased significantly compared to 2019. The number of cyclists and pedestrians killed, meanwhile, has dropped.
The continued carnage on city street highlights the failure of de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” initiative, which once pledged to cut the eliminate traffic deaths completely by 2024.
Traffic deaths had previously hit all-time lows under de Blasio’s watch. Safe streets advocates said Hizzoner needs to get the city back on the track.
“Any time someone dies as a result of a traffic crash, we expect our leaders to understand why and fix the problem,” said Amy Cohen of Families for Safe Streets.
“As deaths are increasing, we need Mayor de Blasio to fight even harder with us for Vision Zero.”
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