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NYC Law: Drive 25 MPH

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As of November 7, 2014, the speed limit on all New York City streets is 25 MPH unless otherwise posted. Excessive speed contributes to 25 percent of roadway fatalities on New York City Streets and is the leading cause of motor vehicle crashes. Reducing vehicle speed from 30 to 25 mph doubles the likelihood of a pedestrian surviving a crash. Lowering the speed limit is one of 63 initiatives being undertaken by New York City Mayor de Blasio’s administration as part of Vision Zero, a comprehensive set of policies to reduce traffic fatalities in New York City. Click Here to read responses from the Department of Transportation (DOT) to frequently asked questions regarding the new reduced city speed limit.

Did you know that 40% of crashes involving pedestrians occur between 3pm-9pm? Late night crashes are two times more likely to result in death. Below are some tips for ways to be seen and be safe when traveling NYC’s streets:

•  Walking? Stop at the curb. The sidewalk is the safest place to stop and check for traffic. And do what you can to be seen; wear a bright scarf or carry a colorful umbrella.

•  Biking? Be seen at night. A white headlight and red taillight are required by law from dusk to dawn. And wearing something reflective is really smart.

•  Driving? Keep your eyes on the road and slow it down. Looking away for just 4 seconds at 25 MPH is like driving an entire block with a blindfold on. #itcanwait

Be Safe. Be Seen.

Learn more about NYC DOT’s Safety Education program here.

Learn more about Vision Zero & other NYC Traffic Safety initiatives here.

Topics: Safety, Transportation