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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new ‘behavior’ changer: Drop speed limit by 5 mph

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 19, 2014

New York City's newest mayor, Bill de Blasio, wants to reduce the speed limit on city streets by 5 miles per hour, from 30 mph to 25 mph.

The state would have to approve the measure before it could take effect.

"It's about each of us taking greater responsibility every time we get behind the wheel or step out on the street," Mr. de Blasio said, speaking of his "Vision Zero" plan for putting a stop to pedestrian deaths, the New York Post reported.

A task force set up to study the issue has recommended dropping the speed limit below 30 mph, as well as expanding the red light and speed camera enforcement program. A couple more suggestions: Install 250 more speed bumps and bolster enforcement with more speed-detection technological equipment.

"We want everyone who gets behind the wheel of a vehicle to think carefully about the situation they're in, in the densest city in the nation," Mr. de Blasio said, in the New York Post. "We want pedestrians to think carefully. This is very much about raising consciousness and changing behaviors."

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