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Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a 63-point plan yesterday to achieve his goal of reducing traffic fatalities to zero. The plan, called Vision Zero, uses a combination of red lights, traffic cameras, and reduced speed limits. Enforcement is another focus, and de Blasio would increase the NYPD's Highway Patrol staff from 190 to 263 officers. He would also create an "enforcement squad" dedicated to cabbies. Another idea is to use technology like a "black box" to record whether taxi drivers speed. Some of the proposals - such as lowering the citywide speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph and the expansion of red light cameras - would require approval from Albany. Legislative leaders haven't commented on the plan yet. Getting hit by a car is the leading cause of injury-related death for children under 15 in the city.

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