The 2016 Vision Zero Conference, held on March 10, highlighted new crash statistics and the 2024 goal of zero deaths. The Gothamist reported that the New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton stated zero deaths is an unreachable goal because, "As long as we have humans who are walking and riding bicycles and cars-as long as we have people, we will have crime."
Since the 2013 launching of Vision Zero, traffic fatalities are down 22 percent and pedestrian deaths have decreased 27 percent in New York City. That equates to 66 fewer deaths. Vision Zero is a joint venture, requiring the participation of the New York Police Department, Department of Transportation, City Hall, Taxi & Limousine Commission, Department of Citywide Administration Services, and Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Each department has assigned initiatives to address traffic and pedestrian accidents in New York City, approximately 103 initiatives in total.
There has been much buzz about Mayor De Blasio's Vision Zero plan to improve road safety in the city. The Right of Way law was enacted as part of the Vision Zero initiative and is aimed at serving as a deterrent for those who fail to yield by imposing criminal sanctions on drivers who strike pedestrians or cyclists.