Starting today November 7th, the speed limit on all New York City streets will be 25 mph unless otherwise posted. This new speed limit will be enforced by the NYPD and with speed enforcement cameras. By getting New York drivers to slow down, we will prevent crashes, protect New Yorkers from injury and save lives. Lowering the speed limit to 25MPH is one aspect of the Mayor’s comprehensive Vision Zero Action Plan to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries.
On average, every two hours, another New Yorker is killed or seriously injured in a traffic crash. And speeding is the leading cause of fatal crashes.
The faster a vehicle is travelling, the more time a driver needs to stop when something unexpected happens – meaning collisions are more likely. And crashes which happen at higher speeds are more deadly- a pedestrian struck by a vehicle travelling at 25 mph is half as likely to die as a pedestrian who is struck by a 30 mph vehicle.
The new 25MPH speed limit will affect all NYC streets, except those where a different speed limit is posted. The speed limits on our highways will remain the same. Some big streets, which have been designed to accommodate faster speeds will remain at 30MPH. Other streets, particularly streets near schools, may have a lower speed limits posted. After , all streets that do not have a posted speed limit have a speed limit of 25mph.
Questions? Please visit nyc.gov/visionzero.