The New York City Council will vote today on a plan to reduce the speed limit to 25 mph in the five boroughs.

City lawmakers still need approval from Albany, but the idea seems to be gaining momentum in the state legislature.

The New York Times reports that a measure put forward in the state senate has won the support of the de Blasio administration and traffic safety advocates.  But state lawmakers need to act quickly, since the legislative session is expected to wrap up tomorrow.

The proposal to lower the city's speed limit is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio's Vision Zero plan to reduce traffic deaths in the city.

Advocates say a pedestrian hit by a car traveling 25 mph has a 1 in 10 chance of being killed.  When a vehicle is going 30 mph, the city's current speed limit, a pedestrian has a 1 in 5 chance of being killed.

To prevent deaths, the New York City Police Department has also stepped up enforcement of traffic rules.  The department is currently in the midst of a 21 day crackdown to catch drivers speeding, running red lights, not yielding to pedestrians and using their cell phone behind the wheel.

 

Source:  New York Times

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