Boston lowering speed limit on city streets to 25 mph

Twelve pedestrians have died on the city's streets this year

(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

BOSTON (AP) — Slow down when driving through Boston.

The City Council on Wednesday gave final approval to a measure that lowers the city’s default speed limit from 30 to 25 miles per hour.

The measure that takes effect Jan. 9 means that drivers will not be allowed to go more than 25 miles per hour on any city street unless a different limit is posted. The law does not apply to state roads.

The measure was proposed by Mayor Marty Walsh, who says it will cut down on injuries and fatalities. He says his goal is to eliminate all traffic deaths in the city.

Authorities say there have been 17 fatalities on city streets this year, 12 of them pedestrians.

Police Commissioner William Evans approved of the measure.


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