In the United States, there is a Basic rule that says “drivers are required to (have to; need to) drive at a safe speed for conditions.” But, people in New York city have ignored (paid to attention to) the basic rule for many years. They drive carelessly and fast, and cause accidents. Many people were killed last year in car accidents. The family members of the victims asked the authorities (people or organizations that have the most power in a city) to change the speed limits. They wanted streets where their children can run and play without fear that they will be run over by automobiles.
The city’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, signed into law and issued (stated, gave order for) a new speed limit saying, “we want to improve traffic safety and end pedestrian deaths. New York City is the most populated urban place in the country, said the mayor to a group of audience (people who are watching and listening). ” Speeding vehicles account for (are responsible for) ۲۵ percent of traffic-related deaths in New York City. Last year 183 pedestrians were struck (past tense of strike= attacked; hit) and killed by automobiles. Most people in this town agree that we need to have people drive more carefully, more safely and slower for the protection of our kids, our seniors,” the mayor said.
Starting from Friday, the new speed limit of 25 mph, replacing the old 30 mph, will take effect on most streets in the nation’s (country’s) largest city. The new law will apply to about 90 per cent of the city’s streets. The city’s Department of Transportation has started installing (posting; putting up for people to see) 89 signs at gateways to (roads that are entering or exiting) the city, like the Holland Tunnel. It hopes the lower speed limit will make people drive more carefully and reduce traffic accidents and deaths. The WHO estimated that approximately (nearly; around) 1.24 million people around the world die each year in traffic accidents. This number could fall if people drove more slowly.
Road speed limits are used in most countries to set the maximum (or minimum in some cases) speed at which road vehicles may travel on particular stretches (parts) of road. The first maximum speed limit in the world was the 10 mph (16 kph) limit introduced in the United Kingdom in 1861. The highest speed limit in the world is 140 km/h (87 mph), which applies to some roads in Poland and Bulgaria. Some of the world’s roads have no speed limit. Perhaps the most famous of these are the Autobahns in Germany. In 2006, German police said the average speed on one part of the Autobahn was 142 kph (88 mph).
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