New 30 mph speed limit is overreaction to tragedy
The decision of Gov. Andrew Cuomo to drop the speed limit to 30 mph along the entire stretch of the Scajaquada Expressway is overly excessive.
A reduced speed limit and proper guardrails should be established through the Delaware Park corridor, especially where pedestrians are exposed to the expressway. I disagree with the current speed limit; it should be raised to 45 mph once the proper guardrails are in place.
The expressway between Elmwood Avenue and the Niagara Thruway, and the Kensington Expressway and Parkside Avenue, should remain 55 mph. There is low risk to pedestrians through these areas and law enforcement officers will have a hard time enforcing the 30 mph speed limit because of the lack of safe pull-offs.
This was a terrible accident. The media are reporting that the driver told police he fell asleep behind the wheel. Would Maksym Sugorovskiy still be alive if proper guardrails were in place?
I mourn with the Sugorovskiy family. But the executive decision of the governor isn’t in the best interest of the people of our good city. The short-term feeling that something was accomplished by Maksym’s untimely death will be overshadowed by the long-term effects that come along with the lack of a proper traffic study.