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City Unveils Dozens Of New Slow Zones To Cut Down On Traffic Fatalities

An 8-mile stretch of Broadway and two dozen other areas have been designated slow zones - reducing the speed limit from 30 to 25 - in an effort to reduce pedestrian fatalities. (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

An 8-mile stretch of Broadway and two dozen other areas have been designated slow zones – reducing the speed limit from 30 to 25 – in an effort to reduce pedestrian fatalities. (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero plan to make streets safer is growing.

New slow zones were unveiled Thursday in areas of Manhattan and Queens.

As WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported, beginning in July, the speed limit on an eight-mile stretch of Broadway from Columbus Circle to 220th street will be reduced from 30 to 25 miles per hour.

New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said it’s a deadly stretch.

“There have been 24 fatalities since 2008 and 22 of those have been pedestrians,” she said. “With the speed limit falling by five miles an hour from 30 to 25, we’re hoping this will deter unsafe speeding we’ve seen here and in too many communities.”

Traffic lights will be re-timed and enforcement will stepped up in the new slow zones.

The effort coincides with a public safety awareness campaign featuring Audrey Anderson, whose 14-year-old son Andre was killed while riding his bike in the Rockaways.

Audrey Anderson's 14-year-old son was struck and killed as he rode his bike in the Rockaways (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

Audrey Anderson’s 14-year-old son was struck and killed as he rode his bike in the Rockaways (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

“You take five to save lives, that’s exactly what we’re doing. And I’m hoping it works,” she said.

In all, 25 slow zones will be created around the city as part of this initiative.

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