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NYC DOT will begin reducing speed limits in select areas as part of new Sammy’s Law

June 27, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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CITYWIDE — THE NYC DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) will reduce speed limits in 250 select areas around the city starting this fall — including 15 Brooklyn intersections — following the enactment of Sammy’s Law, NYC DOT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez announced on Thursday, June 27. The law is named for a 12-year-old Brooklyn resident Sammy Cohen Eckstein, who was killed by a driver while trying to retrieve a ball just a month before his scheduled bar mitzvah. Sammy’s Law, passed during the 2023-24 legislative sessions, authorizes New York City to implement speed limits of 20 MPH on individual streets and 10 MPH on select streets undergoing safety-related redesigns. Select schools, Open Streets, Shared Streets, and other areas, as well as new ‘Regional Slow Zones’ in each borough, will be targeted. NYC DOT will begin publicly notifying community boards of its proposals this summer, with a 60-day comment period to follow before an anticipated implementation in September.

Boroughwide, there has been at least one pedestrian fatality during June 2024 on Dahlgren Place and 92nd St. in Bay Ridge, considered a notoriously dangerous intersection. Last Thursday, June 20, 86-year-old local Antonio Conigliaro, also known as “Tony the Dessert Man,” a driver reportedly plowed by accident into Mr. Conigliaro, decapitating him. During the current month, crashmapper and NYC Data report that Brooklyn saw 1,008 crashes, 172 involving pedestrians and 114 involving cyclists.

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