NYC Speed Limit Reduced to 25 mph in Attempt to Reduce Pedestrian - Vehicle Accidents

As of November 7, 2014 the speed limit in New York City has been reduced to 25 miles per hour as of unless otherwise posted.  The speed limit was previously 30 mph. The change is part of Mayor DiBlasio's "Vision Zero" program, which hopes to eliminate traffic deaths within ten years. Pedestrians struck by speeding cars, cabs, trucks, buses or othe vehicles results in serious injuries and death on a too frequent basis. New York City has always been a pedestrian first town, with many more pedestirans than vehicles on the road. Between 2010 and 2012 alone,  nine people were struck and killed by vehicles on Broadway in Manhattan. In the past (between 2007 & 2011) the most dangerous intersections in New York City by borough were as follows: Manhattan: 57th Street & 8th Avenue had eight pedestrian injuries or deaths The Bronx:  the intersection of Webster Ave and East Gun Hill Rd had six pedestrian injuries or deaths. Brooklyn: The intersection of Neptune Ave and Ocean Parkway had six pedestrians or deaths. Staten Island: Morani Street and Richmond Avenue in Staten Island had three pedestiran injuries or deaths. Queens: Woodhaven Boulevard and Metropolitan Avenue had four pedestrian injuries or deaths. If you or someone you know has been injured due to the negligence of a driver you should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Zalman Schnurman & Miner P.C. is a NYC personal injury law firm experienced in handling pedestrian and motor vehicle accident cases. For a free consultation call them ar 212-668-0059 or 1-800-LAWLINE (1-800529-5463). The rules governing pedestrians crossing the street in NYC are outlined below:

§ Section 4-04: Pedestrians.

Current as of October 2014
    (a) Pedestrians subject to traffic rules, except as otherwise provided herein. Pedestrians shall be subject to traffic control signals and pedestrian control signals as provided in §§4-03(a) and 4-03(b) of these rules and to the lawful orders and directions of any law enforcement officer, but at all other places pedestrians shall be accorded the privileges and shall be subject to the restrictions stated in this section.
    (b) Right of way in crosswalks. (1) Operators to yield to pedestrians in crosswalk. When traffic control signals or pedestrian control signals are not in place or not in operation, the operator of a vehicle shall yield the right of way to a pedestrian crossing a roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is in the path of the vehicle or is approaching so closely thereto as to be in danger.
    (2) Pedestrians shall not cross in front of oncoming vehicles. Notwithstanding the provisions of (1) of this subdivision (b), no pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the operator to yield.
    (3) Vehicles stopped for pedestrians. Whenever any vehicle is stopped at a crosswalk to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the operator of any other vehicle approaching from the rear in the same or adjacent lanes shall not overtake and pass such stopped vehicle.
    (c) Restrictions on crossings. (1) No pedestrian shall enter or cross a roadway at any point where signs, fences, barriers, or other devices are erected to prohibit or restrict such crossing or entry.
    (2) No pedestrian shall cross any roadway at an intersection except within a cross- walk.
    (3)  No pedestrian shall cross a roadway except at a crosswalk on any block in which traffic control signals are in operation at both intersections bordering the block.
    (d) Operators to exercise due care. Notwithstanding other provisions of these rules, the operator of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian.
    (e) Hitch-hiking and soliciting prohibited. (1) Talking or selling. No person shall stand in the roadway to talk with or sell or offer to sell anything to an occupant of any vehicle.
    (2) Soliciting rides. No person shall solicit a ride from the occupant of a vehicle by word or gesture.
    (3) Washing, polishing, cleaning and assisting parking. No person shall approach an operator or other occupant of a passenger vehicle on any street, while the vehicle has stopped temporarily, is about so to stop, is parked or is about to be parked, for the purpose of washing, polishing, or cleaning such vehicle or any part of it, or offering to do so. Nor shall any person approach an operator or other occupant of a passenger vehicle for the purpose of directing it to a place for parking on any street or assisting in such parking, or offering any other service in relation to such vehicle, or soliciting a gratuity, except services rendered in connection with emergency repairs at the request of the operator of the vehicle.
    (4) Opening or closing doors. No person, other than an occupant or prospective occupant of a passenger vehicle on a street, shall open, hold open, or close, or offer to open, hold open, or close any door of the vehicle. This provision shall not apply to such acts when intended purely as a social amenity without expectation or acceptance of a gratuity, nor to doormen or other persons employed by owners, occupants, or managers of abutting premises to render such service, nor when such service is incidental to other legitimate service being rendered to such an occupant or prospective occupant of a passenger vehicle.
    (5) Hailing taxis. Unless asked to do so without advance solicitation (direct or implied), no person shall hail or procure for another, not in his or her social company, a taxi or other passenger vehicle.

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