Members Want Cars To Slow Down On Some Streets

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A group advocating to lower speed limits in New York City has posted signs along Prospect Park West in Brooklyn.

The signs, however, look an awful lot like official speed limit signs, which is bothering some residents.

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As 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern reported, the group Right of Way posted the signs, which read “20 is plenty,” and is pressuring the City Council to reduce speed limits on small local roads.

Members were motivated by the recent death of 12-year-old Samuel Cohen-Eckstein, who was hit by a car while chasing a soccer ball into the street.

“This is for a pretty good cause,” said Keegan Stephan of Right of Way. “I think it’s worth doing if we save the life of one person, which is what these speed limit signs and what changing the speed limit in New York City could do.

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“Almost everybody we ran into knew the Cohen-Eckstein family and was very supportive and think that cars need to be going slower there, especially because it’s alongside a park where children play.”

But some residents say you can’t change the posted speed limit on your own.

“You have to go through the proper channels because what’s going to happen is the signs are going to come down and nothing’s going to get done,” one woman told Stern.

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