In 2013 NYC recorded a record-low 333 homicides, yet at least 286 people lost their lives due to traffic violence. In a press conference today NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said it's "shocking to see how much those two numbers correspond."

In announcing his first steps to implement Vision Zero, a goal of drastically reducing pedestrian fatalities which has seen monumental success in many countries around the world, he stated, "The first obligation of government is to protect the health and safety of our people, and this is an area we simply have to do better. We think there is an epidemic here, there has been an epidemic of traffic fatalties and it can't go on. And the time to start change is now. "

Today's historic announcement comes near the site where 8 year old, Noshat Nahian, lost his life in a crosswalk last month while walking to school. The site is not far from where three other Queens youth have tragicaly had their lives taken from them. The mayor met with the families of many people who lost loved ones to traffic violence.

Here we've assembeled some highlights of the speech which also includes soundbites from NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton and incoming NYC DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg.

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