The initiative called Vision Zero is taken by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's and aims to end traffic fatalities in the city by 2024.
The first step is to reduce the maximum speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph, and the new rule applies to about 90% of the streets within the city.
The lowered speed limit won’t affect highways or thoroughfares that have posted speed limits.
There are those who think this plan will not really work out.
Bruh! The speed limit is 25mph in New York! And it's law now!— Carlos Reedriguez (@TheOnlyReed) November 7, 2014
Chandra Bhat, director of the Center for Transportation Research at the University of Texas at Austin is one of them and feels a lower speed limit could result in some on the road feeling boxed in, leading to aggressive driving.
“I think it’s just a catch 22 to make some more money for the city,” thinks Alberto Rodriguez.
Mayor de Blasio and other city officials are optimistic though and spreading the word knowing this will work.
“There’s a real consensus in this town that we need to have people drive more carefully, more safely and slower for the protection of our kids, our seniors,” the mayor said.
It is hoped the initiative works though. According to official statistics, “approximately 4,000 New Yorkers are seriously injured and more than 250 are killed each year in traffic crashes. Being struck by a vehicle is the leading cause of injury-related death for children under 14, and the second leading cause for seniors. On average, vehicles seriously injure or kill a New Yorker every two hours.”
The seriousness of the matter made the NYC government to take inspiration from Sweden for a solution.
It will only work of course, if people cooperate.