Last year saw the fewest traffic fatalities in New York since records were first kept in 1910, and a 40 percent reduction since 2001. Approximately 250 traffic fatalities occurred in the city in 2011, with rates dropping from 4.87 to 2.8 fatalities per 100,000 residents. Additionally, Police Commissioner Kelly noted that in 2011, there were about 8,500 drunk driving arrests and almost 1,000 seized vehicles.

Traffic calming projects, street redesigns, and safety upgrades installed by the Department of Transportation during the past decade have resulted in improved safety throughout the five boroughs. In the last four years alone, the department has implemented safety improvement projects along 78 corridors and at 72 intersections. In 2011, the department made safety upgrades to 60 miles of streets, including more than 20 miles of street redesigns. The department also introduced new electronic speed boards in all five boroughs that display the speed of passing motorists, and expects to bring additional Neighborhood Slow Zones online.

Additionally, the Department of Transportation installed pedestrian countdown signals at nearly 1,100 intersections citywide last year, which has helped drive pedestrian fatalities down to an all-time low. Locations where countdown signals have been installed include: along Grand Concourse, the Bronx; Queens Boulevard; 4th Avenue and Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn; Delancey Street, Manhattan. The department is on course to install pedestrian countdown signals at an additional 2,000 intersections.

The City continues to seek traffic safety legislation in Albany to install speed cameras at locations throughout the city. For more information and a fatality chart, visit http://tinyurl.com/FatalityChart.