A recent study performed by the Transportation Alternatives recorded the speeds of 15,000 drivers and concluded that New York City motorists are speeding at a very high rate.
Almost 40% of New York City drivers ignore the 30-mph street speed limit. Most speeders were recorded going between 31 and 40 mph but some were clocked going as high as 66 mph.
The New York City Police Department issued more than 70,000 speeding tickets last year but the report urged the Legislature to permit speed enforcement cameras. The report also noted that speeding contributes to three times as many crashes as drunken drivers, that a pedestrian or cyclist is killed in New York City just about every other day, and that at 40 mph fatalities are much more likely to occur than at 30 mph.
Key stats from the report include:
* 88% of drivers on Rogers Avenue at Maple Street in Brooklyn speed
* 78% of drivers on Flatbush Avenue at Empire Blvd in Brooklyn speed
* 70% of drivers on E. Houston St at Avenue C in Manhattan speed
* 67% of drivers on the Central Park Transverse speed
For a list of New York City speed traps, visit www.nytrafficticket.com