Starting today November 7, New Yorkers have to take it slow on city streets. The new vehicle speed limit will be in effect on 90 percent of the city. Mayor de Blasio signed into law the 25 miles per hour speed limit last month, reducing the 30 miles per hour speed limit.
“Families and children will be safer because of what we’re doing here today. Lowering the speed limit will save lives. This is a major step toward achieving Vision Zero, and it depends on every New Yorker taking personal responsibility and putting the lives of their neighbors first,” de Blasio said.
Polly Trottenberg, the Commissioner for the Department of Transportation (DOT), said by reducing the speed limit by 5 mph “[it] cuts the chances of pedestrians dying from being hit by a vehicle in half.”
The New York City Police Department (NYPD), the DOT and other city agencies are educating drivers about the new law and their responsibility to slow down; as well as promoting general public awareness about the change.
The new speed limit is one of 63 initiatives being put forward by de Blasio’s campaign Vision Zero, which aims to dramatically reduce traffic related injuries and deaths in New York City within the next 10 years.
Drivers that do not obey the speed limit (driving under or over the designated limit) in New York City may face fines, ranging between $45 to $600 and penalty points. In addition, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will require of drivers payment of a state surcharge and a Drive Responsibility Assessment fee for those who accumulate six or more traffic violation points on their record within a period of 18 months.
Traffic flow adjustments are being made throughout the city. Changes are being made to traffic signal timing, street signs and other safety measures, particularly in school zones, and designated major and neighborhood slow zones.
All entry points to the city, bridge and tunnel crossings, airports and highways will have new speed limit signs, so all drivers need to “slow down behind the wheel.”
By: Amanda Moses
EDITED BY AGNES E. GREEN