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DOT Officials Bring "Slow Zone" to Busy Brooklyn Stretch

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The roll-out of Mayor Bill de Blasio's "Vision Zero" plan to eliminate pedestrian traffic deaths continued Tuesday with a new project in Brooklyn.

City and state officials gathered on a section of McGuiness Boulevard to name it the city's third "Arterial Slow Zone."

The designation means the speed limit will go from 30 miles per hour to 25 on the Greenpoint Roadway.

The Department of Transportation will re-program traffic signals and the NYPD will beef up speeding enforcement.

Residents who spoke with NY1 say McGuinness is a dangerous strip in a residential neighborhood and hope the initiative makes a difference.

"Nobody really pays attention too much to speed. It doesn't seem like the city's doing a lot of combat the noise," said one resident.

"I've lived here for 26 years and negotiating this intersection is treacherous," said another resident.

"If they get serious about giving tickets hopefully drivers and truck drivers would keep it slow so, you know, we're safe," said a third resident.

The city's transportation commissioner says four people died in recent years on a one point one mile stretch of the road.

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