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Under Hochul’s suggestion, speed limits in NYC might be lowered below 25 mph

By 01/11/2023 11:01 AMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff

Gov. Kathy Hochul put forth a bill on Tuesday to let New York City set speed restrictions as low as 25 mph.

According to the pitch outlined in the governor’s State of the State address, state law would be changed to allow the local Department of Transportation to impose speed limits below 25 mph in most of the city and 15 mph in school zones.

“Giving New York City the autonomy to change its speed limit can help the city determine how best to safeguard its streets,” Hochul’s office wrote in a briefing.

The legislation would give the city more power over its speed restrictions, and it is similar to legislation that Manhattan state senator Brad Hoylman presented in 2020. After Samuel Cohen Eckstein, a 12-year-old boy, was struck and murdered by a car on Prospect Park West in Brooklyn in 2013, Hoylman gave the measure the name “Sammy’s Law.”

Advocates for roadway safety have long backed the policy change and cited studies showing that reduced speed limits lessen the number of fatal car accidents.

According to Elizabeth Adams of the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives, lower speed restrictions “save lives.”

According to a representative for Mayor Eric Adams, the administration is in favor of Sammy’s Law.

After signing a state law allowing the city’s speed cameras to issue penalties 24 hours a day automatically, Hochul has now voiced her support for the measure.

Previously, the cameras could only be used after six in the morning. weekdays until 10 p.m.

 

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