NYC defies national trends 23% cut in traffic deaths over 3 years

The city bucked national trends by cutting traffic deaths over the past three years, according to a report released Thursday.

Traffic fatalities fell to 230 in 2016 — the lowest number ever and a 23% decline since Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero program began.

Stats across the country, meanwhile, went in the opposite direction — with a 14% increase in traffic deaths over the same period, according to National Safety Council projections.

But while overall traffic deaths fell in the city last year, pedestrian deaths went up to 145 from 139. At the same time, cyclist deaths rose from 14 to 18 — although more New Yorkers ride thanks to the expansion of Citi Bike.

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The dip in total deaths was small — from 234 to 230 — but in 2013, before the program began, there had been 299 fatalities.

Traffic deaths fell to a record low last year.

Traffic deaths fell to a record low last year.

(David Wexler/For New York Daily News)

The city gave out 42,385 tickets for drivers failing to yield to pedestrians in 2016 — nearly four times the annual average before Vision Zero, according to the report. Officials also installed 18.5 miles of protected bike lanes.

“Even with all of our work and after the safest year in history, someone was lost in a traffic crash on average once every day and a half, still far too frequent,” de Blasio said.

“With the unprecedented budget investment we announced last month, we expect that in the year ahead the dedicated efforts of (the Department of Transportation), NYPD and other agencies will help us continue to buck national trends in traffic fatalities.”

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The city has done 240 street safety projects since Vision Zero started at the beginning of 2014, added new streetlights to 1,000 crosswalks and pedestrian head starts to 1,248 intersections, the report added.

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Mayor de Blasio said he expects traffic fatalities to continue their decline with the help of the Department of Transportation and NYPD.

(Corey Sipkin/New York Daily News)

On streets and intersections identified as the most dangerous, serious crashes fell by 30%.

In addition to the jump in failure-to-yield tickets, speeding tickets spiked 78%.

Going into its fourth year, the city plans more Vision Zero-related measures, including the addition of 120 new speed guns to local police precincts.

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De Blasio announced in his January budget that Vision Zero spending has increased to $ 1.6 billion over five years.

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