New York City will lower the speed limit on nine major roads amid a surge in speeding during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Transportation announced on Tuesday.
Speeding spiked in the initial weeks of the pandemic as drivers took advantage of near-empty roads, and has continued to outpace pre-pandemic levels over the summer.
The result has been deadly. The number of motor vehicle occupants killed in car crashes was 22 percent higher this June compared to last year, the New York Times reported.
Over the next six weeks, eight 30 mile-per-hour strips will be cut down to the standard 25 mph city limit: Riverside Drive in Manhattan; Northern Boulevard in Queens; Flatbush Avenue, Short Parkway Service Road and Dahlgren Place in Brooklyn; Bruckner Boulevard and Webster Avenue in the Bronx; and Targee Street in Staten Island.
Rockaway Boulevard in Queens will go from 40 mph to 35.
On Tuesday transportation officials also celebrated the final rollout of nearly 1,000 automated speed cameras in school zones across the five boroughs.
DOT had been installing the cameras at a rate of 60 per month since the beginning of the year, the city said.