NYC Safety Group Posting Fake "20 MPH" Signs in 30 MPH Zones
Imagine driving along in an area where you think the posted speed limit is 45 mph. You glance past the next speed limit sign and it says 20! Imagine the heart attack you’ll give yourself trying to slow the car down, without drawing attention from what ever cop has set up this speed trap. You then get to the next sign and realize it’s not a real street sign at all! What kind of person would pull such a horrendous prank?! It’s not quite a prank, because the folks that put the signs up in various parts of NYC don’t have much of a sense of humor when it comes to safety. The group is called Right of Way, and they have posted numerous fake speed limit signs in 11 different NYC neighborhoods. Upon closer examination, the signs say “20 IS PLENTY” along with the group’s name at the bottom. RELATED: Advanced Safety Tech - Driver Aid or Distracting Crutch?
According to NBC4 in New York, the speed limit on most of these streets is actually 30 mph, but the group’s website claims that is too fast. A statement on the site reads: “Reducing speed limits to 20 mph is a great first step to making our streets safer for everyone.”
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In NYC there is a new Slow Zone program, and the group claims that all of these signs are up in areas under consideration for the program. However these areas have not yet been approved for the plan, so we ask– is this practice highly illegal? Would this qualify as some sort of vigilantism.
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Considering traffic tickets are on a steep rise since Mayor Bill de Blasio has enacted his “Vision Zero” plan, these signs will cause more than one driver to have a heart attack. Do you think this is right for this group to put up unofficial speed limit signs? Tell us in the comments below.