DOT reports fewest traffic fatalities in any 6-month period

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The New York City Department of Transportation is reporting the fewest traffic fatalities in any six-month period.

However, the agency says it still has a lot of work to do as the speeding camera program is expected to expire later this month.

The DOT claims it has made great strides, especially with the Vision Zero Program.

The largest drop in fatalities appears to be in Manhattan and the Bronx. However, a grave statistic is that children killed in accidents has gone up.

This time last year, there were four children under the age of 17 who died in traffic-related deaths. Currently, it's up to eight. Despite those numbers, the DOT claims a lot of headway has been made to make streets safer with speed cameras. The program is up for renewal and was passed in the state Assembly but is currently still waiting in the Senate.

DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg says she can't imagine losing speed cameras.

“Here we see intersections and places where we put those speed cameras, speeding drops by over 60 percent. We want to make that pitch once again to ensure the city keeps deploying these lifesaving tools,” says Trottenberg.

The program expires on July 25 and if there is no vote, it will end. Trottenberg says DOT is looking at any legal opportunities to keep the cameras solely for data collection.

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