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Speeding continues to be hot topic in NYC with proposed bill

Speeding has been a topic getting a lot of attention in New York City lately. The installation of slow zones in multiple neighborhoods as well as traffic cameras by several schools is showing the city government’s commitment to attacking speeding and increasing safety on the streets.

An article published recently discussed yet further actions that are being proposed to target speeding in the city. A city councilman is sponsoring a new bill that will be voted on next September of 2014. If passed, the new legislation would reduce the speed limit on some residential streets from 30 miles per hour to 20 miles per hour. According to the councilman, the goal is to increase safety, not to increase traffic tickets. In September of 2013, 15 people died in traffic accidents in New York City.

According to the bill sponsors, Tokyo, Paris and London have all implemented similar speed limit reductions and seen up to a 40 percent drop in traffic deaths. Not all parties in New York are so convinced, however. A spokesperson for a transportation advocacy group does not believe that the bill would make much difference citing that many streets are congested enough now that the current 30 mile per hour limit is not even possible, making a 20 mile per hour limit not much different than the current reality.

Whether or not the new law is passed, it is clear that efforts abound to increase safety. That means that all drivers should be even more aware of potential citations. Repeated violations can lead to license suspensions or license revocations as well as points added to a record. If you face any penalty like these, you may consider working with an attorney to seek out your options.

Source: CBS New York, “Proposed Legislation Would Lower Speed Limits On Most City Side Streets,” November 5, 2013

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