Study Shows Lower Boston Speed Limits Reduce Odds of Speeding

Study reinforces the power of high visibility enforcement campaigns.

August 28, 2018

Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council applauds a new report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety showing that the odds of Boston drivers speeding decreased significantly when the city lowered speed limits from 30 mph to 25 mph.

This study serves as a reminder that raising speed limits is counterproductive and higher speeds bring greater risks, particularly to our pedestrians and bicyclists who are our most vulnerable roadway users. The study also reinforces the power of high visibility enforcement campaigns. When drivers are well-informed about changes to existing laws and the consequences of breaking them, they are more inclined to change their own behaviors and drive safer. Further, this study underscores the power of the Vision Zero model, which is being implemented in several cities across the country.

Speeding has been a consistent killer since the dawn of automobiles. Lowering speed limits is a proven countermeasure that puts us on the Road to Zero. NSC urges other cities and municipalities to follow Boston’s lead so our roadways are safer for all.

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