Governor Andrew Cuomo is giving a boost to Mayor Bill de Blasio's Vision Zero traffic plan by allowing the city to lower its speed limit.
Cuomo signed a bill today that allows city districts to lower the default speed limit from 30 miles per hour to 25.
That applies to streets where the speed limit isn't otherwise posted.
The governor said the city is in a crisis when it comes to pedestrian deaths.
"The number of deaths in New York City are much higher than the national average. Frighteningly so. 176 people last year were lost. And the differential between and accident at 25 miles an hour and 30 miles an hour is double the rate—double the likelihood you can be killed at 30 miles per hour than at 25 miles per hour," the governor said.
Mayor de Blasio thanked Cuomo for his help in a statement that read in part, "Speeding is a citywide problem, and lowering the speed limit is a citywide solution. This is another vital step toward making New York City streets safer for every family."