A statement issued by the New York City-based non-profit organization Transportation Alternatives said, “The New York high court just ruled that the city can be held liable for failing to study and implement traffic calming measures, which the jury determined were a major contributing factor to the crash. In a 2004 incident, the driver was traveling at 54 miles per hour on Gerritsen Avenue, which had a speed limit of 30 mph.”
Experts testified during the trial that it was known among traffic engineers that straight, wide roads that lack pedestrian-friendly features encourage speeding because drivers feel more comfortable on roadways with those characteristics. New York’s highest court said “the design characteristics of a roadway influence driver speed, and that people generally drive faster on wide, straight roadways, regardless of the posted speed limit.”
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