Students Drive Home Anti-Speeding Campaign
NEW YORK (1010 WINS/WCBS 880) – Fourth graders from P.S. 261 in Brooklyn learned about life and death on city streets Tuesday.
NYC Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan was joined by City Councilmen Steve Levin and James Vacca to demonstrate a vehicle speed detector in a 30 m.p.h. zone.
On a recent week day, students clocked cars and trucks rumbling along Atlantic Avenue and Hoyt Street and found they were traveling on average about 38 m.p.h. — some occasionally hitting 50 m.p.h., 1010 WINS’ Senior Correspondent Stan Brooks reported.
On Tuesday, students observed more cars exceeding the 30 m.p.h. limit and were asked by Sadik-Khan what advice they would have for their parents and others.
“Be safe and go at 30 miles per hour,” one student responded.
As part of the city’s “That’s Why It’s 30″ anti-speeding campaign, Sadik-Khan pounded home the message to New Yorkers with the help of the school kids, WCBS 880′s Rich Lamb reported.
“If you are hit by a car going 40 miles an hour, there is a 70 percent chance that you will die. If you are hit by a car going 30 miles an hour there’s an 80 percent chance you’re going to live,” Sadik-Khan said.
Sadik-Khan said many New Yorkers don’t know what the speed limit is or even the fact that one exists.
The Transportation Department is launching a television and radio campaign next week to drive the message home.
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