DOT is making continuous efforts to reduce speeding and road fatalities in the city
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DOT is making continuous efforts to reduce speeding and road fatalities in the city

DOT is making continuous efforts to reduce speeding and road fatalities in the city

DOT Comm. Ydanis Rodriguez throws out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium as part of the city’s relaunch of its Vision Zero “Speeding Ruins Lives” campaign. Photo credit: DOT.

On June 27, 2024, New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez announced that the New York City Department of Transportation will lower the number of speed limits across the city once Sammy’s Law goes into effect.

Sammy’s Law was created in response to the deaths of 12-year-old Sammy Cohen Eckstein and 3-year-old Allison Hope Liao, who were killed in traffic accidents. The law authorizes the city to lower the speed limit to 20 miles per hour when properly posted, except on roads with three or more lanes of motor vehicles traveling in the same direction outside of Manhattan. Additionally, the city may lower the speed limit to ten miles per hour on streets undergoing safety-related changes. The speed limit changes will apply to school zones and “Regional Slow Zones” in each borough to improve traffic safety.

All speed limits New York City imposes must be posted 60 days in advance of the change and include an opportunity for local community councils to comment. The city plans to reduce speed in 250 locations by the end of 2025. Some of the areas covered include:

Bronx

  • E 139th Street, from Willis Avenue to Alexander Avenue
  • Courtlandt Ave, E 156th St to E 157th St
  • E 151st St, Courtlandt Ave to Morris Ave
  • E 156th St, Concourse Village W to Morris Ave
  • Gerard Ave, E 167th St to E 168th St
  • St Ann’s Ave, E 149th St to Westchester Ave
  • Tinton Ave, E 150th St to E 152nd St
  • Sheridan Ave, E 171st St to E 172nd St
  • Walton Ave, E 179th St to E 171st St
  • Prospect Ave, E 175th St to E Tremont Ave
  • Wallace Ave, Mace Ave to Waring Ave
  • E 225th St, White Plains Rd to Barnes Ave
  • E 172nd St, St Lawrence Ave to Beach Ave
  • Netherland Ave, Kappock St to W 227th St
  • Reeds Mill Ln, Bivona St to Steenwick Ave

Brooklyn

  • Seventh Ave, 43rd St to 44th St
  • Dean St, Saratoga Ave to Thomas Boyland St
  • MacDonough St, Lewis Ave, Marcus Garvey Blvd
  • Christopher Ave, Sutter Ave to Belmont Ave
  • Ashford St, Belmont Ave to Pitkin Ave
  • Prospect Park West, Grand Army Plaza to Bartel Pritchard Square
  • E 94th St, E New York Ave to Rutland Rd
  • Fenimore St, Brooklyn Ave to New York Ave
  • Ninth Avenue, 63rd to 64th Street
  • 45th St, Fort Hamilton Pkway to Tenth Ave
  • Lenox Rd, E 39th St to E 40th St
  • E 96 St, Ave D to Foster Ave
  • From Sackman St., Belmont Ave to Sutter Ave
  • Fort Greene Pl, Fulton St to Dekalb Ave
  • Lewis Ave, Hart St to Willoughby Ave

Manhattan

  • W 138th St, Amsterdam Ave to Broadway
  • W 64th Street, West End Avenue and Amsterdam Avenue
  • E 120th St, Lexington Ave to Third Ave
  • E 128th St, Lexington Ave to Third Ave
  • Morningside Ave, from W 126th St to W 127th St
  • Audubon Avenue, West 165th Street to Fort George Avenue
  • E 112th St, from Second Ave to Third Ave
  • E 120th St, from Second Ave to Third Ave
  • E 120th St, Madison Ave to Park Ave
  • E 128th St, Madison Ave to Park Ave

Queens

  • 112th St, 37th Ave to 34th Ave
  • 47th Ave, 108th St to 111th St
  • 155th St, 108th Ave to 109th Ave
  • 167th St, 108th Rd to 109th Ave
  • Union Hall St, from 109th Ave to 110th Ave
  • 144th St, 88th Ave to 88th Rd
  • 143rd St, Linden Blvd to 115th Ave
  • 105th St, 35th Ave to 37th Ave
  • 31st Ave, 60th St to 61st St

Some of the proposed 10 mph street areas include:

Bronx

  • Jennings St, Bronx from Prospect Ave to Bristow St ((to be redesigned later this summer)

Brooklyn

  • Willoughby Ave, from Washington Park to Washington Ave
  • Berry St, from Broadway to N 12th St
  • Underhill Ave, from Pacific St to Eastern Parkway
  • Sharon St, from Olive St to Morgan Ave

Manhattan
Broadway, from: 18th St to 23rd St, 24th St to 25th St, 27th St to 33rd St, 38th St to 39th St, 48th St to 50th St

Queens
34th Avenue, 69th St to 77th St, 78th St to 93rd St, 94th St to Junction Blvd

Deputy Mayor for Operations Meera Joshi said, “New Yorkers deserve safe streets no matter how they travel. Whether they drive, take the bus, bike or walk, Sammy’s Law has provided a tool to ensure everyone gets to their destination safely.”

New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Rodriguez said: “Speeding destroys lives and reducing a vehicle’s speed by even a few miles per hour can be the difference between life and death in a road accident. The new Regional Slow Zones and other speed limits announced today will save lives and keep people safe.”

Vision Zero Campaign

In a new effort to combat traffic accidents, on July 3, 2024, New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez announced the relaunch of the Vision Zero campaign, “Speed ​​Ruins Lives, Slow Down.” This $4 million initiative aims to curb reckless driving behavior that has become more prevalent since the COVID-19 pandemic.

The relaunched Vision Zero campaign will feature new partnerships with professional sports teams and will be featured at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field. The campaign is targeting male drivers because, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), male drivers are 37 percent more likely than women to be involved in a serious car crash.

The campaign will be advertised through various media such as radio and television ads, billboards and bus stops.

NYC DOT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez said, “Over the next few months, these important ads will allow New Yorkers to see firsthand the terrible consequences of speeding.”

By: Chelsea Ramjeawan (Chelsea is a CityLaw intern and New York Law School student, class of 2025.)