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Sammy’s Law Speed Limit Reductions will impact 15 Brooklyn intersections

June 27, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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BOROUGHWIDE — THE NYC DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION’S (DOT) SPEED LIMIT program, part of the newly-enacted Sammy’s Law, will impact at least 15 intersections around Brooklyn, Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez announced on Thursday, June 27. The agency will implement this safety measure utilizing safety data and focusing on equity, implementing speed limit reductions in Priority Investment Areas, defined as areas of the city with large proportions of non-white and low-income residents, higher population and job density and without a strong history of previous NYC DOT investments. Shared streets are roadways with distinctive designs that naturally slow vehicle travel speeds, where pedestrians, cyclists and motorists all share the right of way. The area just south of Fort Greene Park, between DeKalb Ave. and Fort Greene Place, is among the locations. Other stretches in western Brooklyn include Prospect Park West from Grand Army Plaza to Bartel Pritchard Square; Sunset Park’s Seventh Ave. between 43rd to 44th streets; the portion of Ninth Ave, 63 St to 64 St just west of Fort Hamilton Parkway, and the area of 45th St. 10th Ave. to Fort Hamilton Parkway, near Maimonides Medical Center in Borough Park. Intersections in central and eastern Brooklyn include Lewis Ave., from Hart St to Willoughby Ave. in Bedford-Stuyvesant;  Dean St, Saratoga Ave to Thomas Boyland St. in Brownsville; Christopher Ave. from Sutter to Belmont avenues, also in Brownsville; Ashford St, Belmont Ave to Pitkin Ave. in New Lots/East New York; in East New York, the area from Lenox Rd. from E 39to E 40 streets, and E 96 St, Ave D to Foster Ave.

During June in Brooklyn Community Board 12 alone, around Maimonides Hospital, there were 25 vehicular collisions, 13 involving pedestrians and 11 involving cyclists. Community Board 5 in East New York had among the highest motorist collisions, with 19 involving pedestrians and five involving cyclists.

 

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