Ilya Marritz covers business for WNYC.
New York's Problem with Speed
Thursday, February 12, 2009
New York, NY –
A new study of traffic has found there's rampant speeding at some of the most dangerous intersections in the city.
Transportation Alternatives measured the speed of passing cars at thirteen stretches of road, like Hylan Boulevard in Staten Island.
They found some vehicles moving as fast as 60mph in 30mph zones. The study says 39% of drivers were moving above the speed limit.
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer says it's time to install speed cameras and ticket violators, something the Police Department supports.
STRINGER: When you get that ticket in the mail, you now know the city means business.
REPORTER: The city would need permission from Albany to install speed cameras.
Police say traffic deaths are down dramatically from a decade ago, due to stepped up enforcement.
289 people were killed by cars and trucks on city streets last year.