Mayor de Blasio Aims to Lower New York City Speed Limit

Since the first of this year, there have been more than 20 people killed in auto accidents across the city. In 2013, according to public crash statistics, there were a total of 286 traffic deaths – a 3% increase from the previous year, and a 15% increase from 2011. In an effort to reduce the number of traffic fatalities and to protect motorists and pedestrians throughout the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday – February 18, 2014 – that his administration will be pushing to lower New York City’s speed limit from its current 30 mph to 25 mph.

Under de Blasio’s proposal, the speed limit would be lowered to 25 mph on all city streets, unless otherwise posted. As speeding has long been one of the leading causes of preventable car accidents, the new proposal is receiving widespread support. According to the Mayor and numerous safety advocates, risks of fatalities during traffic collisions decrease significantly when vehicles are traveling below 30 mph. Mayor de Blasio also announced plans to expand the use of speed and red-light traffic enforcement cameras. According to New York City officials, 70% of traffic incidents that involve pedestrian deaths result from speeding drivers or motorists who fail to yield.

Traffic fatalities and car accidents are an all too common fact of life in New York. Speeding commercial vehicles, livery taxis, and yellow cars are too prevalent and a continuing problem for law enforcement. Our personal injury lawyers use speeding violations to prove that a defendant was operating their vehicle in a negligent manner. Below are a few important Vehicle and Traffic Laws in the state of NY.

  • VTL 1180A – This law requires drivers to slow down if driving conditions require them to do so. Under this law, if road hazards or unfavorable conditions exist, you can be ticketed for speeding even if you’re driving slower than the posted limit.
  • VTL 1180B – This Vehicle and Traffic Law establishes New York’s speed limit at 55 mph, unless special hazards exist or when posted otherwise.
  • VTL 1180C – Mandates school zone speed limits between the hours of 7:00 am and 6:00 pm on school days or when beacon lights are flashing.
  • VTL 1180D – A law that prohibits driving above the posted speed limit. Most speeding tickets in New York are for VTL 1180D.
  • VTL 1180E – Requires motorists to drive at an “appropriate reduced speed” when approaching and crossing intersections, the crest of a hill, and when passing emergency incidents where an emergency vehicle is present.

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