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The impact of Mayor de Blasio's Vision Zero initiative continues to be felt as traffic fatalities in New York City fell for a second year in a row. According to the New York Times, there were 230 traffic deaths in 2015 compared to 257 in 2014. This represents a 10.5 percent change and is an encouraging sign for New Yorkers, nearly all of whom travel to work each day by car, bicycle or on foot.

The Vision Zero plan included such measures as lowering speed limits to 25 miles per hour, making improvements to roadways and stepping up enforcement of speeding, reckless driving and other traffic violations. The plan was introduced in 2014 and based on the data for 2015, it appears to be making a difference. Overall, traffic deaths in New York City have decreased 22 percent since Vision Zero was launched.

The biggest decrease for 2015 occurred for motorcycle deaths, which decreased from 37 in 2014 to 22 in 2015. In addition, bicycle deaths fell by 30 percent. Pedestrian fatalities, which account for the largest share of deaths, fell only slightly. However, the numbers for pedestrian deaths in 2015 were still the lowest on record.

Despite this significant decrease in fatalities, more aggressive steps will be necessary in order to reach the Mayor's goal of eliminating traffic deaths in New York City completely by 2024. Some argue that there is still a lot more work to be done. The New York Daily News reports that while fatalities are down, traffic injuries have actually increased. The reporting period for 2015 saw 49,277 injuries compared to 47,000 for the same period in 2014.

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