Senator Dilan's Remark on Local Control of Speed Limits
Support for granting localities the ability to establish speed limits as low as 20 mph has grown well beyond the five boroughs. On the same day Senator Dilan joined Families for Safe Streets to urge support for the City of New York to establish its own limits, the Senate convened to take up a number of bills before the house, including a bill to allow the Town of Riverhead, Suffolk County, to set its own speed limits.
Speaking on the bill, Senator Dilan urged Senate colleagues to support the effort to allow New York City to set its speed limits, stating that his bill and the measure to allow Riverhead to do the same, served the same purpose: “to save lives.” The Senate voted unanimously to give Riverhead purview of its speed limits. Senator Dilan’s bill, which recently gained support of advocates, city and state officials, has yet to be considered.