Cuomo signs 25 MPH NYC speed limit into law

Cuomo signs 25 MPH NYC speed limit into law

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Cuomo signed a new law in Manhattan on Saturday that makes the speed limit 25 MPH. 

He was flanked by two traffic signs that read "speed limit 25."  The current speed limit was 30.

The legislation is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio's "vision zero" plan to try to end traffic deaths in the city.

The governor told an audience that included families of New Yorkers who died on city streets that a reduction of even 5 mph translates into about half as many deaths. Cuomo said last year's 176 deaths are a frightening statistic. He said it amounts to a "crisis."

"We will change this law. We will make this city a safer city... It will save lives... And that's what government is all about" Cuomo said.

The new limit goes into effect in 3 months.

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