As we get ready to wrap up 2022 this month, next month will usher in some new laws that could slow you down.

Back in August of 2022, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law two traffic laws that are meant to help keep New Yorkers safe on the roads.

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One of the laws will impact your commute around town. The law that Governor Hochul signed was to allow cities, towns, and villages to set their speed limits to 25 miles per hour.

The current law only allows for speed limits to be no less than 30 miles per hour. The new law will give towns, cities, and villages some more leeway to help slow down traffic in areas will more bicyclists and pedestrians.

The other new traffic law calls for an increase in the amount of fine money that people can be accessed for being involved in a hit-and-run accident. The new law will allow fines of $750 to $1000 dollars for a first offense and If the violation is repeated, a fine range can run anywhere from $1000 to $3000 dollars.

The governor is hoping that both new laws will help keep more New Yorkers safe on the roads.

Both of the new laws will officially go into effect on January 1st, 2023.

These laws are not the only ones lawmakers are looking at to help reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents in the state. Lawmakers are still debating a law that would require all new vehicles to have an Intelligent Speed Assistance device installed to help regulate speeds. If that bill is passed, that law would go into effect in 2024.

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