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New York City breaks record: 58 straight days with no pedestrian deaths

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It has been hard to find any kind of silver linings since the coronavirus pandemic has essentially put life on hold for much of the nation and the world, but New York City officials have announced a surprising -- and welcome – one. New York City Department of Transportation Polly Trottenberg revealed in testimony before the City Council Transportation Committee on Tuesday that it has now been 58 consecutive days since a pedestrian has been fatally struck and killed in the city. This marks the longest stretch since the city began tracking pedestrian fatalities in 1983, according to ABC News’ New York City station WABC. MORE: 2 McDonald's employees shot after angry customer told dining room was closed It has been 51 days since New York City shut down all nonessential businesses and mandated that all nonessential government and private-sector workers work from home on March 22.

As a result, the city’s typically congested streets have largely been emptied and traffic has been reduced to unprecedented levels. MORE: 8 big cats confirmed tested positive for coronavirus at NY zoo MORE: 'Sense of urgency': Caring for adults living with autism during coronavirus leaves some feeling forgotten Trottenberg, however, urged the public to remain vigilant even with fewer cars on the streets.

13 May 2020

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