The Way It Is, Like It Or Not...
Because people ignoring the speed limit will suddenly start paying attention to one that’s 10 MPH slower.
The four new Bronx zones and another 13 citywide, were announced Tuesday, July 10 by Mayor Bloomberg, city Department of Transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, and City Council Transportation chair Jimmy Vacca. “We’ve driven fatalities and injuries down to record lows through innovative traffic engineering, aggressive enforcement and an unwavering commitment to finding new ways to make our streets safer, as even one fatality is too many,” said Bloomberg, who called speeding “the number one traffic killer.”
Vacca said speeders often don’t realize how fast they are going, or even that the speed limit for all city streets is 30 MPH.
“I cannot go anywhere without people telling me they need a four-way stop-sign or speed hump. But I think if those people look at their speedometers or in the mirror, they’ll realize that they need to reduce their speed and become more aware of how quickly they go.”
If they’re not aware, how are they going to be more aware with a new speed limit? Why not just increase enforcement of the 30 MPH limit?
Oh, right, because that isn’t a high profile dog and pony show that makes it look like something is being done.