Home Forums New York Motorists Issues Three state lawmakers want cities to have more control over local speed limits

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    Shelia at NMA

    If passed, this means that no traffic engineering would be needed and the 85th percentile would not be a norm any longer.  Traffic congestion, more traffic accidents and road rage would increase.


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    John Carr

    Local governments in New York generally do have power to reduce speed limits. Most cities and villages have 30 mph throughout the built-up area or even inside city limits, no justification required. (Speed trap on NY 89 entering Ithaca, for example, long before the urbanized area.) They can also post “linear” speed limits, speed limits only applicable to a section of road, and are supposed to justify them with an engineering study. A perennial topic in Albany is extending the same privilege to “towns,” which are a distinct type of municipal government. Cities can post speed limits but towns can’t.

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