- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City’s default speed limit is about to be 25 mph.

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation Monday that will reduce the limit from 35 mph starting Nov. 7.

The measure is part of the mayor’s ambitious traffic safety plan known as “Vision Zero” to reduce pedestrian and driver deaths.

De Blasio stood with other elected officials and relatives of accident victims when he signed the bill on a street corner on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

He said the survival rate of an accident at 25 mph is much higher than at 35 mph.

Ninety percent of the city’s streets will have a speed limit of 25 mph or lower. Exceptions are made for highways and some other stretches of road.

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