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New York City sets record of 58 straight days with no pedestrian fatalities

New York City sets record of 58 straight days with no pedestrian fatalities
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New York City celebrated its longest stretch of days without a pedestrian death in decades on Tuesday, a city official revealed.

ABC News reported that Polly Trottenberg, commissioner of the city's Department of Transportation, noted during testimony before a City Council committee on Tuesday that New York City had gone 58 days without a pedestrian being fatally struck by a vehicle, its longest stretch since 1983, when statistics were first recorded. 

"Unfortunately, some drivers are taking advantage of our empty streets to speed recklessly, and we know we can never let up our vigilance," she added, according to ABC.

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The record comes as the city and New York state have been virtually shut down for weeks, with most nonessential businesses closed and residents living under stay-at-home orders. Schools have been canceled for the remainder of the academic year as well. As a result, traffic in the city has been reduced to levels not seen in years.

During her testimony on Tuesday, Trottenberg also reported that the city is working on developing its speed camera program to catch aggressive drivers.

"We are continuing to install 60 new speed cameras each month, and plan to meet our goal of standing up the largest speed camera program in the world," she said.