Workers with the Department of Transportation were handing out flyers Wednesday to drivers on Vanderbilt Avenue in Brooklyn, warning motorists of the impending speed limit reduction.
A city website said about 4,000 New Yorkers are seriously injured and more than 250 are killed each year in car accidents.
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.
State Sen. Dean Skelos said the City Council’s measure to lower the speed limit to 25 mph might not come to the Senate floor for a vote.
The New York City Council is asking the state Legislature for authority to lower the speed limit to 25 mph across the city.
With just nine days left in New York’s legislative session, a rally is being held to drum up support in Albany for lowering New York City’s speed limit.
Traffic lights will be re-timed and enforcement will stepped up in the new slow zones, where the speed limit drops 5 miles per hour from 30 to 25.
A grass roots movement has taken the matter of stopping speeding drivers and reducing pedestrian fatalities into its own hands.
The legislation, introduced Thursday by Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell, comes on the heels of a new safety push by Mayor Bill de Blasio, which includes stepped up traffic enforcement and fines from new speed cameras.
The electronic signs display a driver’s speed as they go by. They’re posted below the signs alerting drivers that the speed limit in a school zone is 15 mph.
A Connecticut lawmaker has proposed raising the statewide maximum speed limit to 75 mph.
Amtrak is going to break the speed limit this week in the Northeast Corridor.
The Department of Transportation is trying something new to slow drivers down. Electronic signs are popping up throughout the city as part of a scare tactic to get drivers to stop speeding.
Officials in Mamaroneck want to lower the speed limit in a school zone, but the New York Department of Transportation believes the lights, cross walks and signage are sufficient for the zone and its students’ safety.
Community leaders are proposing that the Department of Transportation experiment with reducing the speed limit to 20 mph in the traffic area bounded by Court Street, 4th Avenue, Pacific and Baltic Street.