Under Pressure, Some Growing Cities Reduce Speed Limits


Many fast-growing communities are launching grass-roots efforts to lower speed limits on residential streets to try to reduce the chance of serious accidents, reports USA Today. Residents whose neighborhood streets have no sidewalks and are carrying much higher traffic loads than they were designed for are spurred by compelling federal data: A pedestrian struck by a vehicle going 30 mph is three times as likely to die as one hit at 25 mph, and 86% of speeding-related fatalities occur off interstate highways.

Among the recent efforts: Franklin, Tenn., reduced speed limits on all residential streets to 25 mph this year in response to complaints; Cheyenne, Wyo., reduced the speed limit in residential areas from 30 to 25 mph in March, and Batavia, Ill., a Chicago suburb, is considering lowering its residential speed limit from 30 to 25 mph.

Link: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2005-08-22-speed-limits_x.htm

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