George Pataki has signed a bill that could allow all vehicles to
drive a little faster on New York roadways.
legislation amends the vehicle and traffic law authorizing the New
York State Department of Transportation and the New York State Thruway
Authority to establish, where appropriate, a 65 mph speed limit
on all state roadways.
Empire State now permits all drivers to drive 65 mph on interstates
and other limited access highways but requires them to slow to 55
mph on other roadways.
sponsored by Assemblyman David Gantt, D-Rochester, and Sen. Caesar
Trunzo, R-Brentwood, is based on a report from NYSDOT that began
in 1992 – three years before the speed limit was increased on certain
state roads – and that was conducted until 1998.
to Suffolk Life newspaper, the study found that over all
the areas where the 65 mph limit is currently in use, fatal accidents
decreased by 29 percent, the total accident rate dipped 4 percent
and the injury accident rate dropped 5 percent.
report includes statistical information on speed, traffic volume,
accidents and percentage of commercial traffic on 1,180 miles of
highway around the state where the speed limit was increased to
was a 4 percent decrease in total number of speeding tickets from
800,847 to 797,851 in the six years the study was conducted, the
newspaper reported. In addition, the study indicated that about
4.4 million vehicle hours of total travel time are being saved on
state highways where the speed limit was raised.