WOODSIDE, Queens (PIX11) — Mayor Bill de Blasio signed eleven bills into law Monday that are meant to improve traffic safety and reduce pedestrian deaths.
“These bills really do important things for our city,” the mayor said.
It’s part of de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” plan. It will create slow zones, tougher penalties on drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians and bike riders and strip taxi drivers of their licenses if they are involved in serious crashes.
“DOT pledges to get to work right away to implement this important legislation on New York City streets as quickly as possible,” DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said.
De Blasio also praised the state Legislature for approving a measure that allows New York City to lower its standard speed limit to 25 mph.
The bill signing took place on Monday at a school in Queens. It’s just a block from where a nine-year-old boy was killed by a truck in December.
A group called “Families for Safe Streets” lobbied for many of these new laws. Members stood behind the mayor as he signed the legislation. Many were parents whose children were hit by cars and trucks.
One grieving mother wants to make sure the city enforces the new laws. Dana Lerner lost her son Cooper when a cab hit him on the Upper West Side.
“I am very naive. I thought when a bill was passed, it meant it was enforced. And I’ve come to learn during this time [it] does not necessarily mean anything,” Lerner said.