Dangerous driver choices such as inattention, speeding and failure to yield are the primary cause or a contributing factor in 70% of pedestrian fatalities. Laws and regulations that effectively protect everyone on the street are instrumental to driving traffic crashes down in New York City. On November 7, 2014, the citywide speed limit was lowered to 25 MPH on all NYC streets which do not have a posted speed limit.
NYC reduced its speed limit to 25 MPH in order to make the city safer for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers and help meet the City’s goal of bringing traffic fatalities to zero. Driving at or below 25 MPH decreases stopping distance, gives drivers and pedestrians more time to see each other and react, and improves drivers’ ability to avoid crashes. Pedestrians struck by vehicles traveling at 25 MPH are half as likely to die as those struck at 30 MPH. If crashes do occur, the severity of injuries is reduced at lower speeds.
"In pedestrian dense NYC, everyone needs to slow down and be more careful. Life is fragile. Drive like your loved one’s life depends on it. Please, do it for Sammy." Amy, Gary & Tamar.
Learn more about New York City’s Vision Zero initiative at nyc.gov/visionzero.