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State Lawmakers OK 25 mph speed limit for NYC

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York state lawmakers have voted to let New York City lower its citywide speed limit to 25 miles per hour.

The state Assembly approved the city's request late Thursday and the Senate followed suit early Friday morning as the Legislature worked to adjourn their six-month session.

The city's speed limit is now 30 miles per hour. Mayor Bill de Blasio had sought the state's permission to lower it by 5 miles per hour as part of a traffic safety campaign.

Traffic deaths have fallen sharply from 701 in 1990 to 286 last year, but de Blasio has proposed several measures to reduce the number further, including speed cameras, tougher penalties on reckless motorists and reduced speed zones.

The measure now goes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his signature.
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