Bratton casts doubt on Mayor de Blasio’s goal of zero traffic related deaths

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MANHATTAN – Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero campaign to bring traffic related deaths to zero by the year 2024 is gaining momentum.

Citywide, the number of traffic related deaths is down.

But on the Upper West Side - a known trouble area for speeding - Joy tells PIX11 she’s still experiencing close calls as she cross the street.

 As Mayor de Blasio continues to go out of his way to prove Vision Zero is an absolute goal and not just an inspirational slogan , NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton went off message Thursday, during the Vision Zero Cities Conference.

 “’You’re not going to get to zero," Bratton said. "We’re still striving for it much to same as that’s my goal for crime figures.”

 Still, Fred Beacham, says in his opinion, it’s no coincidence the NYPD has reportedly issued just a handful of speeding tickets over the last month on the Upper West Side, in the NYPD’s 20th precinct.

 “Myself personally, I am going slower,"said Fred Beacham. "I’m going slower. I’m more careful, definitely more cognizant of the speed limit. It’s slowing me down, because I don’t want to get a ticket - I don’t want to be the one schmuck who does get a ticketed.”