N.Y. City Traffic Deaths Drop 23%

June 24, 2004

Traffic deaths in New York City declined 23 percent in the first five months of 2004 compared with the same period last year, according to police statistics.

From January through June 6, 115 pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists died in accidents on city streets, according to statistics reported in The Daily News Sunday. If that pace continues, the overall tally for 2004 could be the lowest since 1910, the News reported.

In 2003, the number of traffic deaths was 344, the lowest since 1912.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly attributed this year’s drop to increased police enforcement of seatbelt laws.

Widened sidewalks, longer pedestrian walk signals and the construction of new speed bumps have also helped prevent fatalities, officials said.

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