Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a legislative package in August that aims to enhance street safety in New York. One law authorizes municipalities across the state to lower their speed limits to 25 miles per hour, while another increases the fines associated with leaving the scene of an accident.

The new laws amend current state regulations and fines. Towns and cities are currently allowed to set the default maximum speed limit no lower than 30 mph. The fine for leaving the scene of an accident will rise from a maximum of $500 to $1,000 for a personal injury crash, and as high as $3,000 for a repeat violation.

Unsafe speed was a cause in 353 fatal crashes in New York in 2021, an 11% increase from 2020, according to data from the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research at the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College. These deaths included drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

Source: Crain’s New York Business

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