Thursday, February 12, 2009 (New York, NY) -- Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer joined Transportation Alternatives to announce the release of a study showing out of control speeding in neighborhoods across the five boroughs. Terminal Velocity: NYC’s Speeding Epidemic shows that 39% of drivers were in excess of the 30 mph speed limit, with fatal speeds of 60 mph and higher in school zones and other high-traffic pedestrian areas. T.A. researches surveyed more than 15,000 vehicles at 13 locations using radar guns and speeding enforcement cameras, the same technology used by law enforcement officers across the country.
The study’s findings show:
Citywide, 39% of motorists drive above the 30 mph speed limit;
, 70% of drivers on Manhattan East Houston Streetspeed through a school zone;
Bronx, 32% of drivers on Webster Avenuespeed past a school as fast as 66 mph;
Queens, 32% of drivers on Northern Boulevardspeed through a busy commercial area, past a school and police station;
Brooklyn, 88% of drivers on Rogers Avenuein speed, with 25% exceeding 40 mph; and Prospect Lefferts Gardens
On Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island’s most dangerous street, 39% of drivers exceed the speed limit, reaching fatal speeds over 60 mph
Speeding contributes to roughly 2,400 motor vehicle crashes in
“We cannot keep looking the other way when nearly half of drivers are hitting speeds that are both illegal and life-threatening to pedestrians,” says Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives. “Driving at those speeds in a city as dense as
“Pedestrian safety has always been a major concern for me and my office, but the recent traffic death of a former intern in my office has brought the issue home in a very personal way,” says Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer. “
The full study is available for download at:
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