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New city speed limit receives mixed reviews

The effort throughout New York City to crackdown on people who speed is nothing new, having been launched earlier this year with the Mayor’s Vision Zero plan. Reports have indicated that some areas have seen an increase in the number of speeding tickets and other citations issued in 2014 compared to prior years. Some people may even find themselves facing additional points on their licenses or drivers’ license suspensions.

A new effort to reduce speed on some streets in the city is receiving mixed reviews by different organizations. A representative from AAA points out that many of the laws and actions put into effect focus solely on penalizing drivers with no emphasis whatsoever on the inappropriate or even dangerous actions by pedestrians or bicyclists. The comments were issued in response to a new bill that the Governor recently signed that will reduce the speed limit on some streets in New York City.

Effective November 9 of this year, streets that have no speed limit signage will automatically be assigned a maximum speed of 25 miles per hour. For some streets, this will be a decrease by five miles per hour. This law is in addition to the creation of slow zones, addition of speed bumps and increased number of red-light cameras in order to reduce traffic violations, accidents and fatalities.

Because drivers face increasing scrutiny under the new laws and surveillance, working with an attorney to fight a traffic ticket may be more important now than ever before for New Yorkers. As with any crime, a ticket is not a guaranteed conviction and a defense is always a legal right.

Source: Queens Chronicle, “Cuomo signs city’s 25 mph bill into law,” Michael Gannon, August 14, 2014

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