New York City’s rate of traffic-related deaths over the past two years is among the lowest in the nation, according to new statistics from the Department of Transportation. During that time, the city had the lowest number of traffic fatalities in the last century. There were 269 traffic deaths in 2010, a five percent increase from 2009, which had been a record low. Pedestrian deaths declined in 2010 from the previous year, to 151, which was 21 percent lower than in 2001. Still, the city has room for improvement; London, Paris and Tokyo have had all lower road fatality rates than New York.