A city website said about 4,000 New Yorkers are seriously injured and more than 250 are killed each year in car accidents.
City officials are hoping that by lowering the speed limit from 30 to 25 mph and ticketing drivers, they can help prevent future fatalities.
New lower speed limits — part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” initiative aimed at curbing pedestrian deaths — will take effect on some major roadways Monday.
Jean Chambers was struck around 11 a.m. at the intersection of West 95th Street and West End Avenue by a 2004 Ford Explorer as its driver made a left turn, police said.
The incident took place at around 10 a.m. at 7th Avenue and 15th Street in Chelsea, EMS officials said.
The mayor will sign nearly a dozen bills that involve the city-wide speed limit, red light and speed cameras and other aspects of the plan.
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.
Police will be focusing on speeding, driving while using a cellphone, improper turns, disobeying traffic signs and failing to yield to pedestrians.
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.
Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said the council will vote on 17 bills and resolutions that complement Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” plan.
The council is ready to pass 17 bills and resolutions related to the mayor’s Vision Zero plan.
The NYPD has launched a weeklong crackdown on reckless driving – targeting infractions including speeding, running red lights, and texting behind the wheel.
The NYPD announced Thursday that officers issued nearly 5,000 tickets during a two-day crackdown on speeding in all of the city’s five boroughs.
The latest 48-hour ticket blitz, which began at midnight on Tuesday, follows last week’s distracted driving initiative as part of Mayor Bill de Blaiso’s signature “Vision Zero” plan.