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New "Slow Zones" Take Effect in Manhattan, The Bronx

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The city lowered the speed limit on two major streets Monday as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio's "Vision Zero" program to end traffic deaths.

The speed limit is dropping from 30 miles an hour to 25 miles an hour on Broadway from Columbus Circle to West 220th Street.

The eight mile stretch covers the area around West 95th and West 96th streets where 22 pedestrians have been killed since 2008.

The city is also lowering the speed limit on Jerome Avenue in the Bronx, from 161st Street to Bainbridge Avenue.

"I just think you have to be very cautious so if the speed limit is lowered then that's probably a good thing for pedestrians," said one pedestrian.

"You see the people, they have a problem with the iPod, the radio, the talking, everything. You know they have this problem. People running, running. Wake up early and walk slow, and take time, take time. Look at the light," another pedestrian pointed out.

After enforcing the new speed limit for a month police will share their data with the DOT to analyze the numbers.

They expect everything from car collisions to pedestrian deaths to drop.

The Department of Transportation says it plans to implement more so-called "slow zones" throughout the five boroughs over the next few months.

For more information on the "Vision Zero" initiative, visit nyc.gov/vision.zero.

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