NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police wasted no time enforcing new speed laws Monday.
As CBS 2’s Alice Gainer reported, city officials are hoping that by lowering the speed limit from 30 to 25 mph and ticketing drivers, they can help prevent future fatalities. The changes are part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” plan that aims to curb traffic deaths.
One of the new slow zones is on Broadway between West 59th and West 220th streets in Manhattan, which includes the area around West 95th and West 96th streets, where there have been four traffic deaths within a two-block radius this year.
“It’s scary,” said Joe Sporn, of the Upper West Side. “It’s dangerous. It’s really dangerous around here.”
“It makes me feel a lot safer,” James Cerio, of Manhattan, said of the reduced speed limit. “You know, 5 miles an hour can significantly decrease deaths or injury.”
“I always have trouble crossing here,” added Jenny Meyers, of Manhattan. “I find it an uncomfortable intersection. I never know when to cross and when not to cross, so I’m really happy they’re doing something finally.”