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New York City traffic deaths dropped to record low in 2016

NEW YORK (AP) -- Traffic deaths in New York City have declined for the third straight year, dropping to a record low of 229 in 2016.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that the downward trend in traffic deaths shows his Vision Zero traffic-safety campaign is working.

The 229 traffic fatalities were pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and people in cars. The number fell from 234 in 2015.

City officials say 229 is the lowest number of traffic deaths since record-keeping began in 1910.

Pedestrian deaths increased slightly to 144, up from 139 in 2015.

The first few days of 2017 have already seen several traffic deaths.

The latest was 88-year-old Feliks Dadiomov, who was hit by a car Tuesday night.

Police say Dadiomov was trying to cross a Brooklyn parkway against the stoplight.