While Mayor de Blasio campaigns for President, one of his signature accomplishments may be unraveling back in New York. According to AM New York, there has been an eye-wateringly high 30 percent increase in traffic fatalities in 2019 compared to the previous year. After years of declining traffic fatalities, Mayor de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” program appears to be reversing its progress. Overall, 65 traffic deaths have been recorded this year – an increase from 50 at this point last year. According to the NYPD, driver error – which includes distracted driving and failure to yield – accounted for 77 percent of traffic fatalities.
Bicycling in the city is becoming more dangerous. So far this year, six bicyclists have been killed on New York City roads. Only 10 cyclists died in all of 2018. Speaking to the local news station, Jacob Ouillette, said “When I ride my bike it’s free transportation; free exercise and it’s carbon-free. It’s three wins in one – the only downside is I might get killed.” Fatalities were concentrated in geographic areas, too. According to the local news station, northern Queens and southern Brooklyn saw the highest increase in traffic fatalities.