NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — State lawmakers have voted to let New York City lower its citywide speed limit to 25 miles per hour.
The state Assembly approved the city’s request late Thursday and the Senate followed suit early Friday morning as the Legislature worked to adjourn their six-month session.
The city’s speed limit is currently 30 mph. Mayor Bill de Blasio had sought the state’s permission to lower it by 5 miles per hour as part of a traffic safety campaign.
“This is a huge step forward as we work to save lives and make our streets safer,” de Blasio said in a statement. “Reducing speeding is a critical element of our Vision Zero initiative and we applaud the State Legislature for empowering New York City to lower speed limits and better protect our people.”
However, Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg added, “It does not mean that every street in New York will be going to 25 mph. We will be looking at streets. Some streets may be higher; some streets, including those around schools, the speed limit could be lower.”
Traffic deaths have fallen sharply from 701 in 1990 to 286 last year, but de Blasio has proposed several measures to reduce the number further.