Speed Limits Reduced in Southport to Lower Pedestrian Crash Risks
Southport, NC - Wect.com writes that Southport is working to make the city safer for pedestrians. Drivers are being urged to pay attention and slow down because the speed limit has been reduced on roads heading into town. The town requested that the speed limits be lowered on Howe Street and Moore Street. Both of those roads have been reduced from 35 miles per hour to 25 miles per hour after the North Carolina Department of Transportation approved the change.*
The police say that there are more pedestrians walking in the area and that the alterations are being made to make the road safer for foot traffic. The 25 miles per hour signs replaced the ones last month, and for drivers, the shift has been a bit of a shock. People used to drive the route were inclined to travel at the higher speed out of habit, and then realized they were actually traveling too fast. Police are trying to educate motorists so that they understand that the speed limits were changed. One officer just told confused drivers to pay attention, and that everything will be alright. When it comes to pedestrian safety, the speed that vehicles are traveling plays a major role in the chances of victims surviving crashes. At 25 miles per hour, the risk of death is far lower than at 35 miles per hour.
Across the country, the number of pedestrians killed in crashes is over 6,000 a year. In 2018, more people died in pedestrian crashes than in any year in close to three decades. Lower speed limits are one of the ways to help reduce the number of roadway deaths.
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Sources:https://www.wect.com/2020/02/12/slow-down-heading-into-town-southport-speed-limit-changes-now-effect/ and https://usa.streetsblog.org/2016/05/31/3-graphs-that-explain-why-20-mph-should-be-the-limit-on-city-streets/ and https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/28/pedestrian-deaths-hit-a-28-year-high-and-big-vehicles-and-smartphones-are-to-blame.html