Officials spread awareness for reduced speed limit
Today is a citywide day of public awareness to make sure all New Yorkers know about the new speed limit taking effect next week.
Starting Nov. 7, the speed limit will be reduced from 30 to 25 mph on all city streets, unless otherwise noted.
According to city officials, the new speed limit will help both drivers and pedestrians. They say drivers who go slower will better avoid crashes, while pedestrians who are hit by vehicles going 25 mph are half as likely to die than those who are hit by vehicles going 30 mph.
The Department of Transportation, the NYPD, and the Taxi and Limousine Commission are out on the streets handing out fliers and talking directly with residents about the change.
The slower speed limit is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio's Vision Zero plan to eliminate all pedestrian fatalities.