New York City wins state approval to lower speed limit

NEW YORK, June 20 Fri Jun 20, 2014 1:34pm EDT

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NEW YORK, June 20 (Reuters) - State lawmakers on Friday approved New York City's request to lower its speed limit to 25 miles per hour, down from 30, as part of the city's effort to reduce traffic fatalities.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had sought the change from lawmakers in the New York state capital of Albany as part of his Vision Zero plan, which also includes stiffer penalties for speeding and failing to yield to pedestrians.

In 2013, there were 286 traffic-related fatalities. In addition, around 4,000 New Yorkers are seriously injured in traffic accidents, according to the mayor's office.

"This is a huge step forward as we work to save lives and make our streets safer," de Blasio said in a statement on Friday.

The bill, which has been approved by both houses of the state legislature, is expected to be signed into law by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. (Reporting By Edith Honan; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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