The City Council passed a sweeping package of transportation safety bills Thursday, part of the Vision Zero initiative to reduce traffic and pedestrian deaths in New York City.
Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said the package of 11 bills and six resolutions "will make our streets safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists."
The bills passed Thursday would require the Department of Transportation to fix damaged traffic signals within 24 hours and to create at least seven "neighborhood slow zones" with 24 hour speed limits around schools each year. One bill would outlaw "wheelies" and other stunt behavior on city roads, tacking on a punishment of up to 60 days in jail or a $600 fine for a first offense.
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