Photo by AP Photo ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) – Governor Kathy Hochul signed two bills to enhance street safety, prevent traffic-related fatalities, and crack down on hit and run incidents.
One bill will allow cities and towns to reduce speed limits to 25 miles per hour.
The governor’s office cites research that shows that faster driving speeds correlate to more serious injuries and fatalities for pedestrians. Under current law, the maximum speed limit throughout a city or town may not be set lower than 30 miles per hour.
Another bill will increase fines for leaving the scene of a car crash without reporting it. The fine range for leaving the scene of a personal injury crash will be anywhere from $750 to $1,000
For repeat offenders it will be anywhere between $1,000 and $3,000.
"Every New Yorker deserves to feel safe when traveling on our streets, whether they are driving, cycling, or walking," Governor Hochul said. "These new laws will help prevent senseless tragedies and injuries by cracking down on erratic and irresponsible driving. Today, we are reaffirming our commitment to keeping New Yorkers safe and using every resource available to save lives."