Skip to Content
Streetsblog New York City home
Streetsblog New York City home
Log In
Today's Headlines

Thursday’s Headlines: Speed-Limiting Tech Edition

State Sen. Andrew Gounardes continues his push to force reckless drivers to install speed limiters in their cars. Plus more news.

Photo: Julianne Cuba|

Sen. Gounardes announcing his “speed governor” bill last summer.

State Sen. Andrew Gounardes (D-Brooklyn) introduced a bill last year to allow the state to require the installation of speed-limiting devices in the cars of repeat reckless drivers.

Gounardes's bill would force drivers with at least six speeding tickets in a single year to install the tech, which he demo'd up in Albany on Tuesday. The tech would prevent the driver from going more than 5 mph over the speed limit.

You can watch the senator in action behind the wheel of a speed-limited vehicle below.

"My foot is all the way on the gas right now. I floored it and the car was not accelerating," Gounardes says in the clip. "We're at the speed limit. I literally have floored it and cannot go faster. ... My foot is touching the floor right now."

Gounardes also touted the bill in a City & State op-ed with his Assembly co-sponsor Emily Gallagher published on Monday.

In other news:

  • From the Assignment Desk: Speaking of "speed governors," Gov. Hochul will make a "transportation budget announcement” at M.S. 51 in Brooklyn on Thursday.
  • State Sen. Zellnor Myrie is preparing to challenge Mayor Adams in the 2025 mayoral election. (NY Times, Politico)
  • Missing from Myrie's legislative accomplishments: transportation. (City & State)
  • "Too often in this city, we make a crisis out of nothing, and do nothing in the face of crises.” Brooklyn B.P. Reynoso called DOT's timeline to daylight 1,000 intersections "totally unacceptable." (Brian Howald via Twitter)
  • Why it's taken nearly a decade to replace water pipes on two blocks on the Upper East Side. (Gothamist)
  • Former Corp. Counsel Victor Kovner on Randy Mastro: "It is a serious mistake to evaluate a lawyer based on the conduct or views of his or her clients." (City & State)
  • BQE reconstruction work to last through 2028, DOT tells Restler. (amNY)
  • More coverage of the charges against the man who drove into pro-Palestinian protesters in Manhattan. D.A. Alvin Bragg threw out charges against the driver's protest marshal victim and one other demonstrator. (NY Times, Associated Press)
  • DOI to probe NYPD leader's aggressive, politicized use of social media. (Politico)

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog New York City

MTA’s Demotes OMNY Contractor Cubic In Hopes of Speeding Up Commuter Rail Fare Integration

Officials are giving up on Cubic's delayed plans to bring Metro-North and the LIRR into the OMNY-verse.

May 20, 2024

Microtranist Is Taxpayer Funded Uber, Advocates Warn — And It’s a Threat to Real Transit

American cities are falling for the "false promise" of microtransit, a top transportation union argues — and we're all going to be the ones who pay for it.

May 20, 2024

Monday’s Headlines: Road Safety is No Accident Edition

There were two big stories over the weekend — and both were about street safety. Plus other news.

May 20, 2024

Garbage Company Involved in Fatal Crash Will Ply Streets of Eastern Queens, Too

The private garbage company whose truck driver struck and killed a Manhattan pedestrian on Thursday according to police has won the right to pick up trash in a wide swath of Southeast Queens, raising concern for safety there.

May 17, 2024

Friday’s Headlines: Fleet Week Edition

Some good news about the city fleet. Plus other news from a busy day.

May 17, 2024
See all posts