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Reducing Residential Speed Limits to 15MPH?

by Prince Of Petworth November 2, 2011 at 10:30 am 90 Comments

“Dear PoPville,

An Argument for Lower Speed Limits in Residential Areas?

Not sure what DC laws are b/c I don’t have a car. But I have noticed that DC drivers tend to navigate their vehicles like maniacs, and it can get quite stressful walking about…”

The reader includes a link and graph from Andrew Sullivan that shows pedestrians have a 45% chance of being killed by a car going 30mph but only a 5% chance if it is going 20mph.

Yesterday on twitter Ward 4 Council Member Muriel Bowser tweeted:

“Should speed limit on residential streets be 15 mph? I just intro’d legislation to require lowering the speed limit. Let’s talk about it.”

Personally I’m opposed to a 15mph limit. I echo what some have said already – I’d prefer enforcement of current laws. When I see a car going 50mph on a residential street it is terrifying. And that should be illegal. I think 15mph is just painfully slow. I’d also be curious to learn how a “residential street” is defined? What do you guys think – should the residential street speed limit be lowered to 15mph?

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