39% of NYC Drivers Caught Speeding
City's Largest-Ever Speeding Study Shows Dangerous Driving Rampant
Transportation Alternatives released a study today showing out of control speeding in neighborhoods across the five boroughs. Terminal Velocity: NYC's Speeding Epidemic shows that 39% of drivers were in excess of the 30 mph speed limit, with fatal speeds of 60 mph and higher in school zones and other high-traffic pedestrian areas. T.A. researches surveyed more than 15,000 vehicles at 13 locations using radar guns and speeding enforcement cameras, the same technology used by law enforcement officers across the country.
The study's findings show:
Speeding contributes to roughly 2,400 motor vehicle crashes in New York City each year--nearly three times the number attributed to drunk driving. The likelihood of a crash resulting in a pedestrian fatality increases exponentially with speed; a pedestrian struck at 30 mph has a 60% chance of surviving a crash, but the likelihood of survival drops to 30% when the vehicle is driving at 40 mph. Transportation Alternatives and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer are calling for the installation of speeding enforcement cameras, NYPD monitoring of speeding levels and safer street designs to slow cars down.
"We cannot keep looking the other way when nearly half of drivers are hitting speeds that are both illegal and life-threatening to pedestrians," says Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives. "Driving at those speeds in a city as dense as New York leaves absolutely no margin for driving error."
"Pedestrian safety has always been a major concern for me and my office, but the recent traffic death of a former intern in my office has brought the issue home in a very personal way," says Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer. "New York is a walking city, and we have to make it a safer one for the millions of New Yorkers and visitors who are out on our streets every day."
The full study is available for download at: