NYC to lower speed limit by November 7

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NEW YORK (PIX11) -- Most city streets that currently have a 30 mile-per-hour speed limit will drop to 25 mph next month.

City officials and police working on the specifics of the implementation roll out.

New York City Council is expected to approve a package of new regulations that were previously approved by lawmakers in Albany.

At today’s council transportation committee hearing, NYC Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said lower speeds save lives. The department is working with NYPD on an enforcement effort and a warning period.

“Unsafe speed is the number one cause of fatal crashes in New York City; killing more people than drunk driving and distracted driving combined,” said of Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives.

Advocates and families of people killed in crashes point to studies that show that a pedestrian struck by a driver at 25 mph is twice as likely to survive as a pedestrian hit by a vehicle traveling at 30 mph.

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