Raleigh has reduced the speed limit to 25 mph on more than 100 streets and is counting
RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – The next time you’re driving in Raleigh you might want to check the speed limit.
In 2021, the city changed the speed limit to 25 mph on 114 roads, with plans to change more speed limits in the near future.
The city said it was part of an effort to improve security. According to figures released this week by Raleigh Police Chief Estella Patterson, the city experienced 39 fatal crashes in 2021. That’s an increase from 33 a year ago.
In many cases, Patterson reported, speed was a factor.
During the year, city council approved speed limit changes on some roads where residents raised concerns. City council member David Knight said there have been three times as many changes compared to 2020, and he believes those are significant changes.
âWe’re becoming a bigger city with more growth, and people are more concerned about road safety than ever,â Knight said. He predicts that the changes will continue until 2022.
âThe police cannot catch everyone,â he said. âWe can’t just do temporary things. We have to do permanent things.
Solomon Cornish lives in an area where the city has reduced the speed limit on several roads. He has seen trouble in the past on East Lenoir Street outside his house.
“They see this big right away and they put it on the ground,” he said. âIt’s good that they changed the speed limits, but they’re really going to have to do a good job of enforcing them. “
Shawn Watson knows all too well the dangers of speed.
In July, a car rammed the patio furniture at his Five Points restaurant, Lily’s Pizza, along Glenwood Avenue. The car ended up crashing into an art gallery two doors down.
Watson estimates the damage to his business to be $ 10,000.
And following the accident, he didn’t notice any significant changes on Glenwood Avenue outside his restaurant.
âThere are still quite a few speeders passing through here,â he said.
According to Knight, the changes to Glenwood Avenue at Five Points are being considered as part of a larger study and will ultimately require state approval. The surrounding roads, he said, generally have speed limits of 25 mph.
This includes nearby Breeze Drive, where Tom Segars supported reducing the speed limit earlier this year, with one caveat.
âI didn’t see (speed) as a big deal,â he said. âI’m always happy that they slow down the traffic, there are a lot of children in the neighborhood.
On December 7, council will consider reducing speed limits to eight additional streets.