Cornell Local Roads Program

Can a village speed limit be set to 25 mph? Picture of a 25mph traffic sign


According to NYS Vehicle & Traffic law, Article 39, Section 1643, a village cannot set a speed limit below 30 mph for the entire village.  However, linear speed limits in Villages can be set to 25 mph as per the lower portion of section 1643.  Here is the critical text from section 1643: 

 

"No such speed limit applicable throughout such city or village or within designated areas of such city or village shall be established at less than thirty miles per hour; except that in the city of Long Beach, in the county of Nassau,…

No such speed limit applicable on or along designated highways within such city or village shall be established at less than twenty-five miles per hour, except that school speed limits may be established at not less than fifteen miles per hour, for a distance not to exceed one thousand three hundred twenty feet, on a highway passing a school building, entrance or exit of a school abutting on the highway and except that within the cities of Buffalo and Rochester speed limits may be established at not less than fifteen miles per hour for any portion of a highway within a city park."


It should be noted that a speed limit should only be applied after a proper study of the speed and conditions on the street. An artificially lowered speed limit may lead to violations and ignoring of speed limits in other places where the limit may be critical.

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