The speed limit has decreased in New York City from 30 to 25, but the number of speeding tickets has increased thousands.
City Councilman Mark Levine said the city has the authority to change park speed limits without state approval.
Crews were out Friday putting up new signs to replace those showing higher speed limits.
The new default speed limit, which goes into effect Friday, will apply to all streets where no other limit is posted.
The City Council passed the measure earlier this month as part of the mayor’s “Vision Zero” plan to reduce traffic deaths.
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.