Mayor signs law reducing NYC speed limit to 25 mph

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NEW YORK (PIX11) — Slow down, New Yorkers.

The city’s default speed limit is officially 25 mph, dropping from 30 mph as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero policy aimed at reducing deadly traffic crashes.

That means unless there are signs posted declaring otherwise, the speed limit on NYC streets is 25 mph. The new rule goes into effect Nov. 7.

Speeding is blamed in about a quarter of the deadly crashes in New York City and is the leading cause of crashes, the mayor’s office said Monday, announcing de Blasio’s signature on the new law.

And in case of a crash, that 5 mph difference doubles the chance that a pedestrian will survive, the office said.

“Families and children will be safer because of what we’re doing here today,” de Blasio said. “Lowering the speed limit will save lives. This is a major step toward achieving Vision Zero, and it depends on every New Yorker taking personal responsibility and putting the lives of their neighbors first.”

As many as 3,000 new speed limit signs will replace the old ones at a cost of $500,000, de Blasio’s office said. They’ll be swapped out over the next year with priority given to signage at major bridge and tunnel crossings, airports and all entry points to the city.

The new 25 mph default speed limit will apply to about 90 percent of NYC streets.

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