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Renegade street signs tell drivers to slow down

Published On: Mar 20 2014 09:58:49 AM CDT
20 is Plenty sign

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New York City, NY (WPIX) -- Drivers and neighbors are noticing dozens of speed limit signs across N.Y. that also include some social commentary.

The transit advocacy group "Right Of Way" has organized a campaign to place 110 official looking signs in 11 communities.

But they're not authorized by the city.

The signs say "20 is Plenty." The speed limit is 30 miles per hour on most neighborhood streets in New York.

Keegan Stephan with "Right of Way" says the areas were specifically chosen in order to not confuse drivers. The signs are posted one way streets in residential areas.

Studies cited by advocates for slower streets say cars traveling slower are less likely to kill pedestrians.

Hilda Cohen with the group "Make Brooklyn Safer" helped put up the signs.

"This is not anti-car, it's pro-people," Cohen said.

NYC's Department of Transportation will remove unauthorized signs. The department and Mayor Bill de Blasio are pushing for lower limits.

"As noted throughout the Vision Zero report and reiterated in recent testimony at Transportation Committee hearings, DOT is committed to installing additional slow zones and working with stakeholders across the city and in Albany to lower New York City's speed limit," said a DOT spokesperson.

The city is working with neighborhood groups to complete 15 new slow zones by the end of next year and add 25 more .

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