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First of 25 arterials to have speed limit reduced is announced

A large percentage of licensed drivers have at one time or another received a traffic citation. Speeding tickets are among the most common type of tickets that drivers in New York receive. Even the safest of drivers can find themselves in a situation where they may receive a ticket for speeding. Depending upon the circumstances, only fines may be assessed but penalty points or even license suspensions can be ordered.

As part of the Mayor’s 10-year goal to eliminate traffic fatalities in New York City, the 7.6 mile stretch of Atlantic Avenue that extends from Richmond Hills in Queens to Brooklyn Heights will have its speed limit reduced. To date, the speed limit on Atlantic Avenue, an arterial, has been 30 miles per hour. The new maximum speed will now be 25 miles per hour. In the coming days and weeks, another 24 arterials will also have their speed limits reduced. The names of those streets have yet to be announced.

According to the New York Department of Transportation, 60 percent of pedestrian fatalities occur on arterials, despite the fact that these roads comprise only 15 percent of all road types. Atlantic Avenue specifically was the site of 13 pedestrian deaths between 2008 and 2012. During that time period, another 12 people died on the street. This fatality rate contributed to Atlantic Avenue being the first major road to have a speed limit reduction. Traffic signals are expected to be retimed to allow traffic to flow with the new lower speed.

The drop in speed on major roads like Atlantic Avenue can be a change for drivers and make it more likely that tickets may be received. If this happens, it could be helpful for a ticketed driver to talk to an attorney. Learning the law and options for a defense is sometimes a useful way of preventing penalties that are too severe.

Source: New York Post, “Brooklyn’s Atlantic Ave first to see speed limit drop,” Matt Abrahams and Rebecca Harshbarger, April 9, 2014

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