NYPD hands out over 1,000 summonses in two-day speeding initiative
The New York City Police Department today announced the results of a speeding initiative conducted citywide this week. Officers issued a total of 4,814 speeding summonses during the initiative. The initiative is a part of the NYPD’s effort to reduce traffic collisions and conditions that cause death and injury.
Brooklyn led the initiative with a total of 1,249 summonses. The following is a list of the boroughs and the corresponding number of summonses issued:
- · Brooklyn 1,249
- · Queens 1,219
- · Manhattan 1,175
- · The Bronx 782
- · Staten Island 389
The initiative took place on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 20 and May 21. The initiative began at midnight, Tuesday and concluded 48 hours later.
The NYPD urges the public to obey the speed limit. Studies have shown that a pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling at 40 mph has an 85 percent chance of dying. At 30 mph, the likelihood of dying drops to 45 percent. When a vehicle is traveling at 20 mph, the chances of dying are just 5 percent.
The speed limit in New York City is 30 mph on local streets unless otherwise posted. There is no speed limit greater than 50 mph in New York City.
The NYPD also emphasizes that there are newly created arterial slow zones in the city where the speed limit decreases to 25 MPH and newly created School Zones where the speed limit decreases to 20 MPH. Drivers should be mindful that speed cameras are in operation on many New York City Streets.
Fines for speeding range anywhere from $90 and can be as high as $600. Drivers may also be penalized from 3 to 11 penalty “points” on their respective Driver’s Licenses’ for speeding infractions.
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