BY JOHANN HAMILTON
A three-day enforcement initiative across New York City resulted in more than 700 summonses citywide.
The NYPD announced the results of a speed enforcement initiative conducted last weekend, during which 736 summonses were issued to motorists. The initiative, which began on Friday, October 11, was instituted in the hopes of limiting speeding and traffic infractions that could result in serious injuries or fatalities.
Of the summonses, 266 were issued in Queens, 213 in the Bronx, 113 in Brooklyn, 97 in Manhattan and 47 in State Island.
Despite the establishment of 14 neighborhood “slow zones,” with 15 more pending, speeding remains the leading contributor of collisions worldwide. However, traffic fatalities are down 30 percent over the past decade.
In addition to these slow zones, 910 speed bumps have been installed, and anti-speed zones near 146 have been implemented over the past six years. Other initiatives to limit speeding include the city’s first speed cameras, which were installed earlier this fall.
It is illegal to exceed 50 miles per hour in New York City, and the NYPD encourages safe driving and reminds the public to obey the speed limit, which is 30 miles per hour on local streets in New York City, unless otherwise specified.
Speeding fines can range between $90 and $600, and drivers can earn from 3 to 11 penalty points for speeding infractions.