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City Council Set To Approve Traffic Safety Measures Under Vision Zero Initiative

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) — New York City traffic could be in for some changes under a package of City Council bills aimed at making the streets safer for pedestrians.

As WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman reported, the council is ready to pass 17 bills and resolutions related to the mayor’s Vision Zero initiative.

The measures would create new 20 mile an hour slow zones, increase penalties for violations like a failure to yield and toughen rules for taxi drivers.

“We were hopeless to change our culture, and how drivers interact with pedestrians and cyclists,” said Council member Ydanis Rodriguez, who chairs the council’s transportation committee.

Some of the items need approval from the state, including speed cameras and additional red light cameras.

The mayor set the deadline of 2024 to achieve his Vision Zero plan — an ambitious goal considering the number of traffic deaths is almost as high as the number of murder victims in the city, Silverman reported.

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