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Speeders targeted in all New York burroughs

New York City residents and visitors are all targets of the Mayor’s plan to eliminate pedestrian deaths in New York. There are many ways that the city’s law enforcement aims to achieve this goal including the development of designated slow zones with lowered speed limits and speed bumps or through the use of red light cameras as some intersections. Speeding is one of the primary violations that will be watched for in this effort to improve safety on the streets.

Speeding is largely associated with pedestrian deaths in part due to statistics relating to such accidents. It is estimated that a pedestrian hit by a car travelling at 20 miles per hour has a 95 percent chance of surviving the accident. If the car was travelling at 30 miles per hour, the person’s survival chance lowers to 55 percent. Increase the car’s speed another 10 miles per hour to 40 miles per hour and the pedestrian has only a 20 percent chance of living.

The New York Police Department recently conducted a concentrated crackdown on speeding in all of the city’s boroughs. The crackdown lasted a total of 48 hours during the middle of the week and resulted in close to 5,000 speeding tickets being issued. A driver who receives a speeding citation can be assessed as many as 11 points on his or her driving record. Fines can reach as high as $600 per incident.

With the threat of license suspensions or even jail time a reality for people with traffic violations, it can be helpful to work with an attorney after receiving a ticket. The law may be looking out for speeders but it is also intended to allow defendants a fair chance after a summons has been issued.

Source: NewYork.CBSLocal.com, “Over 4,800 Tickets Issued During NYPD Speeding Crackdown,” May 22 , 2014

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