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New York City records lowest number of traffic fatalities in 100 years

About 250 people died from traffic fatalities in New York City in 2014, a 100-year low, Time reports.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio had promised citizens he would put the "full weight of city government" into lowering the number of traffic fatalities, and he has since developed Vision Zero, which backs new traffic safety laws such as reducing the default speed limit to 25 miles per hour, from 30.

While the overall number of traffic-related deaths decreased, the numbers varied by mode of transport; the number of cyclist-related traffic fatalities actually increased from 12 deaths in 2013 to 20 in 2014.