Speeding



Speeding kills. It is the number one cause of fatal crashes in New York City.


Speeds over 20 mph significantly increase the likelihood of fatality in the case of a crash. Consider these statistics from the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles:
  • If someone is hit by a car going at 40 mph, there is a 70 percent chance that person will die
  • If someone is hit by a car going at 30 mph, there is a 20 percent chance that person will die
  • If someone is hit by a car going at 20 mph, there is a 2 percent chance they will die.
The speed limit in New York City is 30 mph (unless otherwise specified), but it is not uncommon for drivers to travel ten or more miles over the speed limit, even in residential neighborhoods. T.A. research has found that nearly 40 percent of motorists speed on New York City streets. In 2008, speeding caused over 2,900 crashes—three times the number of alcohol-related collisions—and was the number one cause of traffic death. Thanks to T.A.’s relentless advocacy, speeding is a threat that New Yorkers can now combat. Here are some of the actions you can take to slow down traffic on city streets and hold speeding drivers responsible for their actions: Communities all over the city demand safer and slower streets and we won’t rest until we’ve delivered results for each neighborhood.