De Blasio Set To Sign Bill Reducing NYC Speed Limit From 30 MPH To 25 MPH
After an aggressive campaign to make NYC streets safer, the legislature has passed a bill to reduce the default speed limit in NYC from 30 MPH to 25 MPH, the new law is set to take effect on November 07, 2014.
Unless signs say otherwise, the speed limit on all city streets will be reduced from 30 mph to 25 mph. (Some large high-capacity streets will retain higher speed limits) Advocates of the bill urge that speed is deadly and the new legislation will save life’s.
What does this mean for the average NYC commuter/motorist? Fighting a traffic ticket in NYC is hard to begin with as no plea bargaining is allowed. With the advent of this new lower speed limit, we envision more tickets will be issued and more motorists might find themselves facing higher fines/points. Here is an example, let’s say a motorist was ticketed for 50/30 mph zone prior to November 7, 2014, they would be facing four (4) points and fines/surcharges to NYS DMV Traffic Violations Bureau. After November 7, that same motorist would be facing much harsher penalties. If the motorist were to be driving at the same speed of 50 MPH in the lower 25 MPH zone, they would be facing 6 points, fines/surcharges to NYS DMV Traffic Violations Bureau plus the motorist would owe an additional penalty to DMV Albany due to the driver assessment fee. (6 or more points in 18 months triggers the assessment which is minimally $100/year for 3 years) The new lower speed makes it more likely for motorist to accumulate more points on their license if convicted of speeding.
When entering the City of New York be conscious of your speed and slow down to avoid being stopped and ticketed!