Washington, DC to Lower Speed Limit
WASHINGTON, DC- The speed limit in Washington, DC has been reduced to just twenty miles per hour in an effort to reduce pedestrian deaths in the city, according to WASHINGTONIAN.COM. The former default speed limit was 25 miles per hour, but as of this summer, the new limit is in effect.*
Recent reductions in traffic led to faster moving vehicles in recent months. While the small change in speed may seem small, experts know that reducing speed is a major factor in determining whether people will survive a crash.
Some streets will have even lower speed limits of fifteen miles per hour. These roads are part of a "Slow Streets" initiative and include those that have bike lanes. The speed limit will also be lowered to fifteen miles per hour near recreation centers and schools.
There have been ten traffic-related fatalities in D.C. so far this year.
The risk of a crash at twenty miles an hour, resulting in a tragic death, is just seven percent. In contrast, a pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling 40 miles per hour may result in death 45 percent of the time.
Other traffic calming measures can also reduce the risk of deadly accidents. Some methods that work include narrow lanes, raised crosswalks and speed bumps. Changing the timing of traffic signals can also lower the chance of drivers speeding. Roundabouts have also proven effective at lowering crashes by increasing visibility and lowering speeds.
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