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De Blasio's Vision Zero Plan To Reduce Traffic Fatalities Coming Into Focus

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - Mayor Bill de Blasio's Vision Zero campaign against traffic fatalities is off to a promising start, according to data compiled from the first quarter of the year.

As WCBS 880's Paul Murnane reported, more than 10,700 people were hurt and 51 died in traffic accidents involving cars, bicycles and pedestrians in the first three months of 2014.

De Blasio's Vision Zero Plan To Reduce Traffic Fatalities Coming Into Focus

According to the Daily News, that represent a 26 percent decline in fatalities and an 8 percent reduction in injuries compared with the first quarter of 2013.

In Woodside, Queens where an 8-year-old was killed by a truck on Northern Boulevard, some residents said bad habits endure.

"You have lots of cars that'll speed up to try to make the turn," resident Nick Addoo said. "It's well over 30 [mph] all the time."

A business owner on Northern Boulevard said he's noticed more enforcement but said it's still cat and mouse.

"When they know there is going to be a cop around here, they're slowing down. But otherwise," he said.

Police commissioner Bill Bratton said it's early to say there's a definite cause and effect, but the numbers are trending in the right direction.

He said enforcement, education and awareness may have played a role.

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